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Assessment. 2017 Sep;24(6):712-728. doi: 10.1177/1073191115627012. Epub 2016 Feb 1.

The Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale 25-Parent Version: Scale Development and Validation in a School-Based and Clinical Sample.

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1 Duksung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea.
2
2 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA.
3
3 University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA.
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4 University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

To help facilitate the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based assessment practices, we examined the psychometric properties of the shortened 25-item version of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale-parent report (RCADS-25-P), which was based on the same items as the previously published shortened 25-item child version. We used two independent samples of youth-a school sample ( N = 967, Grades 3-12) and clinical sample ( N = 433; 6-18 years)-to examine the factor structure, reliability, and validity of the RCADS-25-P scale scores. Results revealed that the two-factor structure (i.e., depression and broad anxiety factor) fit the data well in both the school and clinical sample. All reliability estimates, including test-retest indices, exceeded benchmark for good reliability. In the school sample, the RCADS-25-P scale scores converged significantly with related criterion measures and diverged with nonrelated criterion measures. In the clinical sample, the RCADS-25-P scale scores successfully discriminated between those with and without target problem diagnoses. In both samples, child-parent agreement indices were in the expected ranges. Normative data were also reported. The RCADS-25-P thus demonstrated robust psychometric properties across both a school and clinical sample as an effective brief screening instrument to assess for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; depression; short form; youth assessment

PMID:
26834091
DOI:
10.1177/1073191115627012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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