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Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development 3/2017

18-07-2016 | Original Article

Spanish Validation of the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scale

Auteurs: Aurora Orenes, Xavier Méndez, José M. García-Fernández

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 3/2017

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the factorial structure and psychometric properties of the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scale (SAAS) with Spanish schoolchildren. The participants in Study 1 were 1281 children aged 8–11. Exploratory factor analysis identified four factors: worry about calamitous events, fear of abandonment, fear of being alone, and fear of physical illness, which explained 47.77 % of the variance. The participants of Study 2 were 4628 schoolchildren aged 8–11. The four related factors model was validated by confirmatory factor analysis. The internal consistency (α = .84) and temporal stability (r = .77) were good. The convergent validity was evident from the pattern of correlations with the measures of separation anxiety, sensitivity to anxiety and school fears. The sensitivity of the scale was 83 %, and its specificity, 93 %. The complementary subscales predicted the diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder. The results support the reliability, validity and clinical utility of the SAAS.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Spanish Validation of the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scale
Auteurs
Aurora Orenes
Xavier Méndez
José M. García-Fernández
Publicatiedatum
18-07-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 3/2017
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-016-0673-0

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