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08-09-2022

Development and Preliminary Validation of the Pandemic Avoidance and Concern Scales (PACS)

Auteurs: Andrew R. Daoust, Kasey Stanton, Matthew R. J. Vandermeer, Pan Liu, Kate L. Harkness, Elizabeth P. Hayden

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment | Uitgave 4/2022

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to radical disruptions to the routines of individuals and families, but there are few psychometrically assessed measures for indexing behavioural responses associated with a modern pandemic. Given the likelihood of future pandemics, valid tools for assessing pandemic-related behavioral responses relevant to mental health are needed. This need may be especially salient for studies involving families, as they may experience higher levels of stress and maladjustment related to school and business closures. We therefore created the Pandemic Avoidance and Concern Scales (PACS) to assess caregivers’ and youths’ adjustment to COVID-19 and future pandemics. Concern and Avoidance factors derived from exploratory factor analyses were associated with measures of internalizing symptoms, as well as other indices of pandemic-related disruption. Findings suggest that the PACS is a valid tool for assessing pandemic-related beliefs and behaviors in adults and adolescents. Preliminary findings related to differential adjustment between caregivers and youths are discussed.
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In developing the item pool, two of the authors (K.L.H. and E.P.H.) contributed their expertise in the assessment of stressful life events and in the development of depression and anxiety. Another author (K.S.) contributed expertise in questionnaire development more specifically.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Development and Preliminary Validation of the Pandemic Avoidance and Concern Scales (PACS)
Auteurs
Andrew R. Daoust
Kasey Stanton
Matthew R. J. Vandermeer
Pan Liu
Kate L. Harkness
Elizabeth P. Hayden
Publicatiedatum
08-09-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment / Uitgave 4/2022
Print ISSN: 0882-2689
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3505
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-022-09995-3

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