Assessment of anxiety in children and adolescents: a comparative study on the validity and reliability of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale in children and adolescents with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The present study assessed the utility of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale - Parent Form (SCAS-P) across parents of children with (i) anxiety and (ii) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

METHOD: Parents of children aged 7-18 years with anxiety or ASD completed the SCAS-P. Multiple indicator multiple cause (MIMIC) structural equation modelling was utilized to analyse the data.

RESULTS: Analysis revealed different factor structures between the Anxious and ASD groups and evidence for measurement variance across groups in some parts of the SCAS-P.

CONCLUSION: Results on the SCAS-P in children with ASD need to be interpreted with caution. Some SCAS-P items cannot be interpreted in the same way in an ASD population compared to neurotypical children with anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-576
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume260
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • assessment
  • children
  • adolescents

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