Title

German Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): Reliability, Validity, and Cross-Informant Agreement in a Clinical Sample

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-30-2010

Journal

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health

Volume

4

Issue

19

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1753-2000-4-19

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The psychometric properties and cross-informant agreement of a German translation of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) were assessed in a clinical sample.

METHODS: 102 children and adolescents in outpatient psychotherapy and their parents filled out the SCARED and Youth Self Report/Child Behaviour Checklist (YSR/CBCL).

RESULTS: The German SCARED showed good internal consistency for both parent and self-report version, and proved to be convergently and discriminantly valid when compared with YSR/CBCL scales. Cross-informant agreement was moderate with children reporting both a larger number as well as higher severity of anxiety symptoms than their parents.

CONCLUSION: In conclusion, the German SCARED is a valid and reliable anxiety scale and may be used in a clinical setting.