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

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Subtitle: Self- and parent-report versions
Author list: Koller, S., DeSousa, D.A., Pereira, A.S., Petersen, C.S., Manfro, G.G., Salum, G.A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2014
Volume number: 28
Issue number: 5
Start page: 427
End page: 436
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0887-6185


This study examined the psychometric properties of the Spence Children's
Anxiety Scale (SCAS) self- and parent-report versions in a community
(n= 712) and a clinical (n= 70) sample of Brazilian children and
adolescents. Confirmatory factor analysis conducted in the community
sample provided support to the original six correlated factors model of
the SCAS. Moreover, the SCAS demonstrated good internal consistency,
convergent and divergent validity, and a significant informant effect on
the total score with higher anxiety levels in the self-report than in
the parent-report version. Considering the clinical sample, we could
demonstrate that the SCAS total scores have good discriminant validity
differentiating: (a) anxious, community, and negative screening groups;
and (b) children diagnosed with different severity levels of anxiety
disorders. Our findings suggest that the SCAS (self- and parent-report
versions) is suitable for assessing anxiety symptoms in Brazilian
children and adolescents in community and clinical settings. © 2014
Elsevier Ltd.


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