Psychometric properties of the screen for child anxiety related emotional disorders (SCARED) in cypriot children and adolescents

Cecilia A. Essau, Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Luna C. Munoz

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Abstract

The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) is a 41-item self-report questionnaire that measures symptoms of DSM-IV anxiety disorders (panic/somatic, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social phobia) and school phobia in children and adolescents. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Greek translation of SCARED in a large community sample of children and adolescents (N = 1,072), aged 12 to 17 years, in the nonoccupied territory of Cyprus. A subsample of these participants (N = 108) was retested an average of 8 weeks after the initial assessment. The SCARED demonstrated high internal consistency (α = .92) and test-retest reliability (r = .84, over 8 weeks). The SCARED total scores correlated significantly with the internalizing factor of the Youth Self-Report, the Columbia Impairment Scale, and with the emotional subscale of the Strength and Difficulty Questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed the same five-factor structure as the original SCARED. The SCARED proved to be a reliable and valid measure of anxiety symptoms in the Cypriot context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Children and adolescents
  • Psychometrics
  • Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders

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