Brazilian Portuguese version of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS-Brasil)

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Author list: Koller S, DeSousa D A, Petersen C S, Behs R, Manfro G G
Publisher: Associação de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul
Publication year: 2012
Volume number: 34
Issue number: 3
Start page: 147
End page: 153
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 2237-6089
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Objective: To describe the cross-cultural adaptation of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) for use in Brazil. Methods: Cross-cultural adaptation followed a four-step process, based on specialized literature: 1) investigation of conceptual and item equivalence; 2) translation and back-translation; 3) pretest; and 4) investigation of operational equivalence. All these procedures were carried out for both the child and the parent versions of the SCAS. Results: A final Brazilian version of the instrument, named SCAS-Brasil, was defined and is presented. Conclusion: The SCAS-Brasil instrument seems to be very similar to the original SCAS in terms of conceptual and item equivalence, semantics, and operational equivalence, suggesting that future cross-cultural studies may benefit from this early version. As a result, a new instrument is now available for the assessment of childhood anxiety symptoms in community, clinical, and research settings.


Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Cross-cultural adaptation


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