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Validity of two measures of anxiety in children

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Abstract

The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAICj and the Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (CMAS) were administered to 60 emotionally disturbed children and 60 normal children matched on mental age. Emotionally disturbed children obtained significantly higher scores on the A-State and A-Trait portions of the STAIC and the anxiety portion of the CMAS, while normal children obtained significantly higher scores on the Lie scale of the CMAS. Cutoff scores which maximized the discrimination between normal and emotionally disturbed children were established. Results are interpreted as demonstrating the potential usefulness of these measures for screening.

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Montgomery, L.E., Finch, A.J. Validity of two measures of anxiety in children. J Abnorm Child Psychol 2, 293–298 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00919257

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Keywords

  • Cutoff Score
  • Potential Usefulness
  • Normal Child
  • Anxiety Scale
  • Disturbed Child