Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 649–662 | Cite as

The Separation Anxiety Daily Diary: Child Version: Feasibility and Psychometric Properties

  • Jennifer L. Allen
  • Judith Blatter-Meunier
  • Antonia Ursprung
  • Silvia Schneider
Original Article


This report describes the feasibility and psychometric properties of the child version of the Separation Anxiety Daily Diary (SADD-C) in 125 children (ages 7–14 years) from German-speaking areas of Switzerland. Children with separation anxiety disorder (SAD; n = 58), “other” anxiety disorders (n = 36), and healthy controls (n = 31) recorded the frequency of parent–child separations, along with associated anxiety, thoughts, reactions and subsequent parental responses. Compliance rates were modest, consistent with past research on self-report diaries with anxious children. The SADD-C was better at discriminating children with SAD from controls than “other anxious” children. The SADD-C demonstrated good convergent validity with maternal and child self-reported anxiety (Revised Child Manifest Anxiety Scale, Separation Anxiety Inventory) and perceived quality of life (Inventory for Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents). Results provide support for the SADD-C as an acceptable and valid method of assessing child symptoms and parent behavior on separation. Findings are discussed with regard to the clinical utility of the SADD-C and strategies to improve compliance.


Separation anxiety disorder Assessment Diaries Self-monitoring Children 



This study was supported by grant PP001-68701; 105314-116517/1, “Etiology and Psychological Treatment of Separation Anxiety Disorder in Childhood,” awarded to Silvia Schneider by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We appreciate the participants in this study, as well as the research assistants and graduate students on the TAFF project at the University of Basel for their assistance in data collection and management. The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Prof. Dr. Hans Christoph Steinhausen (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Zürich). We also thank Dr. Andrea Meyer and Terry Lewin for their assistance with the statistical analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer L. Allen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Judith Blatter-Meunier
    • 1
  • Antonia Ursprung
    • 1
  • Silvia Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of PsychiatryKings College LondonLondonUK

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