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Spanish Validation of the Child Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS-C): Psychometric Properties, Factorial Structure and Factorial Invariance Across Gender

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The Child Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS-C) is a measure created to specifically identify life interference and impairment related to children’s anxiety disorders in areas of daily functioning. Despite being a widely used scale, a Spanish version of the CALIS-C is not available. The purpose of this study was to adapt and validate the CALIS-C for Spanish-speaking children. We examined the CALIS-C factorial structure, factorial invariance across gender, and psychometric properties in a community sample of 336 (46.7% girls) Spanish-speaking children aged 8–12 years. Confirmatory factor analysis provided support for the original two-factor model. Excellent internal consistency coefficients were found for the total scale (0.88) and the subscales (0.85 and 0.82). 8-week test–retest reliability was moderate (IC = 0.51). Evidence of convergent and divergent validity was found, and factorial invariance across gender was reached. The current study provides initial support for the use of the CALIS-C with Spanish-speaking children by clinicians and researchers.

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This research was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) of Spain (Grant Number PSI2014-56446-P).

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Orgilés, M., Fernández-Martínez, I., Morales, A. et al. Spanish Validation of the Child Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS-C): Psychometric Properties, Factorial Structure and Factorial Invariance Across Gender. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 50, 756–763 (2019).

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