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J Clin Psychol. 2017 Apr;73(4):489-499. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22346. Epub 2016 Jul 26.

Attentional Control Scale for Children: Factor Structure and Concurrent Validity Among Children and Adolescents Referred for Anxiety Disorders.

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1
Florida International University.
2
Yale Child Study Center, Yale University.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study examined the factor structure and concurrent validity of the Attentional Control Scale for Children (ACS-C; Muris, de Jong, & Engelen, 2004), a youth self-rating scale of attentional control.

METHOD:

A multisource assessment approach was used with 186 children and adolescents referred to an anxiety disorders specialty clinic.

RESULTS:

Exploratory factor analysis yielded a 2-factor structure with internally consistent and moderately correlated subscales of Attentional Focusing and Attentional Shifting. Total ACS-C and subscale scores demonstrated significant associations with youth and parent ratings of youth anxiety symptoms, youth self ratings of depressive symptoms, and youth diagnosis of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings support use of the ACS-C as a self-rating scale of attentional control among referred youth. Future research is encouraged to examine retest reliability of the ACS-C and to evaluate whether its internal structure could be enhanced by removing or modifying items that performed poorly.

KEYWORDS:

adolescent; anxiety; attentional control; children; factor analysis

PMID:
27459398
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22346
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