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Psychometric Properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders for Socially Anxious and Healthy Spanish Adolescents

  • William W. Hale (a1), Quinten A. W. Raaijmakers (a1), Luis Joaquín García-López (a2), Lourdes Espinosa- Fernández (a2), Jose Antonio Muela (a2) and Mª del Mar Díaz- Castela (a2)...

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Socially anxious and healthy Spanish adolescents were studied in order to test the psychometric properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED). Confirmatory factor analyses were employed to test measurement invariance between these two populations, Cronbach’s alphas were calculated to determine the reliabilities of the scales, and partial eta-square tests calculated the effect size of the differences between socially anxious and healthy adolescents and between the adolescent boys and girls. The psychometric properties of the SCARED were good, as demonstrated by having acceptable reliabilities (ranging from .75 – .41) and a moderate multivariate effect size (η p 2 = .08) between the adolescent boys and girls. Most importantly, it was demonstrated that the SCARED could differentiate between socially anxious and healthy Spanish adolescents as demonstrated by measurement invariance (χ 2 = 254.27, df = 1343, GFI = .884, AGFI = .872, RMR = .031) and the large effect size (η p 2 = .22) between the samples.

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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. William W. Hale III. Utrecht University, Research Center Adolescent Development. P.O. Box 80.140, 3508 TC Utrecht (The Netherlands). Phone: +31-302534650. Fax +31-302532352. E-mail: b.hale@uu.nl

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This research was supported in part by a grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación (PSI2009-12448) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Psychometric Properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders for Socially Anxious and Healthy Spanish Adolescents

  • William W. Hale (a1), Quinten A. W. Raaijmakers (a1), Luis Joaquín García-López (a2), Lourdes Espinosa- Fernández (a2), Jose Antonio Muela (a2) and Mª del Mar Díaz- Castela (a2)...

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