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J Pers Assess. 2012;94(2):164-74. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2011.645929.

Parent and teacher ratings of temperamental disposition to social anxiety: the BIS 3-6.

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Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. sergi.ballespi@uab.es

Abstract

Behavioral inhibition (BI) discourages children from interacting, predisposing them to isolation, social anxiety, and depression. We have created the Behavioral Inhibition Scale for Children Aged 3 to 6 (BIS 3-6) to detect this trait early. Parents and teachers of 365 preschoolers completed different versions of the BIS 3-6 and provided measures of psychopathology. Both versions are structured into 1 factor that explains over 40% of total variability and displays excellent internal consistency (α = .95). The moderate correlations with measures of internalizing symptoms (r = .50) and nonexistent correlations with externalizing measures suggest adequate convergent and discriminant validity. A new scoring system is proposed.

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22339309
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10.1080/00223891.2011.645929
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