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Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development 4/2015

01-08-2015 | Original Article

Psychometric Properties of the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS) in Chinese Adolescents

Auteurs: Ling Sun, Ronald M. Rapee, Xuan Tao, Yulei Yan, Shanshan Wang, Wei Xu, Jianping Wang

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 4/2015

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Abstract

The Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS) is a 40-item self-report questionnaire designed to measure children’s negative thoughts. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Chinese translation of the CATS. Participants included 1,993 students (average age = 14.73) from three schools in Mainland China. A subsample of the participants was retested after 4 weeks. Confirmatory factor analysis replicated the original structure with four first-order factors loading on a single higher-order factor. The convergent and divergent validity of the CATS were good. The CATS demonstrated high internal consistency and test–retest reliability. Boys scored higher on the CATS-hostility subscale, but there were no other gender differences. Older adolescents (15–18 years) reported higher scores than younger adolescents (12–14 years) on the total score and on the physical threat, social threat, and hostility subscales. The CATS proved to be a reliable and valid measure of automatic thoughts in Chinese adolescents.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Psychometric Properties of the Children’s Automatic Thoughts Scale (CATS) in Chinese Adolescents
Auteurs
Ling Sun
Ronald M. Rapee
Xuan Tao
Yulei Yan
Shanshan Wang
Wei Xu
Jianping Wang
Publicatiedatum
01-08-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 4/2015
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-014-0500-4