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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2002 Mar;60(1):56-60.

[The baby alarm distress scale: a validity study].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Instituto de Psiquiatria, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil.


It should take into account the psychopatologic context and the child's development moment to evaluate the baby alarm distress from a standardized instrument. We present the BADS questionnaire validation by its application in 90 children, from 0 to 2 years-old, obtaining a K=0.783 to p<0.01, with a Spearman coefficient of 0.866 and factorial analysis to 4 factors to 63.5% of the population studied. With these psychometrical qualities, the scale shows its importance as a screening but is important its study in others populations.

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