Screen for child anxiety related emotional disorders (SCARED): Psychometric properties in an African-American parochial high school sample

Rhonda C. Boyd, Golda S. Ginsburg, Sharon F. Lambert, Michele R. Cooley, Karren D M Campbell

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the psychometric properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) for a community sample of African-American high school students. Method: The 41-item SCARED was administered to 111 adolescents (57 girls; mean age 15.75) in an urban parochial school. Item frequency, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity were assessed. Results: Approximately 30% of the sample had scores high enough to warrant further assessment for anxiety disorders, and girls reported significantly higher anxiety symptoms than boys. Internal consistency (α = .89) and test-retest reliability (r = 0.47) over 6 months for the SCARED's total score were good. The SCARED's total score was positively correlated with other measures of anxiety symptoms and inattention and was negatively correlated with perceived self-worth. Unlike the five-factor structure reported for primarily white samples, only three factors emerged for this African-American sample. Conclusions: The SCARED shows utility as a self-report anxiety screening instrument in a community sample of African-American youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1196
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume42
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • African Americans
  • Anxiety
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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