Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 271–281 | Cite as

Spanish Validation of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale

  • Mireia Orgilés
  • Xavier Méndez
  • Susan H. Spence
  • Tania B. Huedo-Medina
  • José P. Espada
Original Article


The purpose of this study was to investigate the factorial structure and psychometric properties of the Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS) in a sample of 1,708 Spanish children aged between 8 and 12 years. The SCAS was demonstrated to have satisfactory internal consistency with the Spanish sample, and factor analysis confirmed the six-factor original model. Convergent validity was supported by correlations with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children and the welfare dimension of the Child Health and Illness Profile-Children Edition. Low correlations between the SCAS and the Children’s Depression Inventory supported the divergent validity. Analysis suggested that anxiety scores decrease with age, and girls reported higher scores than boys. Overall, the SCAS was shown to have good psychometric properties for use with Spanish children by clinicians and researchers.


Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale Anxiety disorders Children Assessment 



This research was supported by BANCAJA-UMH Grant (2007–2009) awarded to Mireia Orgilés and National Plan for Research, Development and Technological Innovation Grant (EDU2008-05060) awarded to Xavier Méndez.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mireia Orgilés
    • 1
  • Xavier Méndez
    • 2
  • Susan H. Spence
    • 3
  • Tania B. Huedo-Medina
    • 4
  • José P. Espada
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health PsychologyMiguel Hernández UniversityElcheSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain
  3. 3.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Center for Health, Intervention, and PreventionUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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