Psychometric evaluation of the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents and the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children

Construct validity and normative data

Eric A. Storch, Carrie Masia, Heather C. Dent, Jonathan W. Roberti, Paige H. Fisher

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This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (SAS-A) and Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C) in a sample of 1147 adolescents aged 13-17 years. The fit indices of confirmatory factor analyses were comparable to those obtained in prior studies and supported the hypothesized models of the SAS-A and SPAI-C. The internal consistency was good and 12-month test-retest reliability modest for both measures. A significant, positive correlation was found between the SAS-A and SPAI-C, showing that these measures assess related, but relatively independent constructs of social anxiety and phobia. These findings support the use of the SAS-A and SPAI-C with adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-679
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Aug 2004

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Psychometrics
  • Social anxiety
  • Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents
  • Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children

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