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Psychometric evaluation of social phobia and anxiety inventory for children (SPAI-C) and social anxiety scale for children-revised (SASC-R)

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Kuusikko, Sanna; Pollock-Wurman, Rachel; Ebeling, Hanna; Hurtig, Tuula; Joskitt, Leena; Mattila, Marja-Leena; Jussila, Katja; Moilanen, Irma

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Abstract The study evaluated the psychometric properties of Finnish versions of the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C) and the Social Anxiety Scale for Children-Revised (SASC-R). 352 students (M = 12.2 years) participated in the study and completed the SPAI-C and SASC-R. In addition, 68 participants (M = 12.2 years) and their parents were interviewed with the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School Aged Children (K-SADS-PL). The SPAI-C was more sensitive for identifying youth meeting criteria for social phobia (SP), whereas the SASC-R demonstrated greater specificity. The youth in this sample had lower mean total scores on the self-report questionnaires than did those in the original validitation studies of the SPAI-C and SASC-R conducted in America. These findings question whether cross-cultural differences in the expression of SP influence the clinical cut-off scores used in translated versions of social anxiety questionnaires.
Classification Psychological Testing, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Methodology; Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords social anxiety; social phobia; SPAI-C; SASC-R
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 116-124
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 18 (2008) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-008-0712-x
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)