Faculty Publications

Title

Further Evidence of the Reliability and Validity of the Multidimensional Anxiety : SSScale for Children (MASC) in Psychiatric Inpatient Samples

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Multidimensional anxiety scale, Psychometrics, Self-reported anxiety, Youth

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

Volume

31

Issue

3

First Page

202

Last Page

214

Abstract

The psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) were examined in adolescent psychiatric inpatient samples. In Study 1 (n∈=∈287), confirmatory factor analyses provided satisfactory fit for the four-factor (comparative fit index; CFI∈=∈0.856) and higher-order (CFI∈=∈0.854) solutions. Using parcels as items, the fit of the four-factor model was improved substantially (CFI∈=∈0.935). Next, in the bifactor analyses, support was attained for a model that included a general factor and four domain specific subfactors. In Study 2 (n∈=∈195 inpatient youths), the MASC showed good scale reliability and concurrent validity. Results of the receiver operating characteristic curve and binary logistic regression analyses provided adequate evidence for discriminative validity. In Study 3 (n∈=∈40), test-retest reliability of scores on the MASC-10 scale over a 3-week period was adequate (r tt∈=∈0.83, p∈<∈0.001) for children ages 8 to 11 years. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1007/s10862-008-9095-z

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