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Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)-Child version: validity and reliability assessment among children aged 13-15 years

Authors:

Sinha De Silva ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
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Sudharshi Seneviratne,

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, AU
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Dulani Samaranayake

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Introduction: Anxiety disorders is one of the most prevalent psycho-pathological condition among children and adolescents. Screen for Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)-Child version is a cross-culturally validated self administered questionnaire to detect children with anxiety disorders.

 

Objectives: To assess the validity and reliability of SCARED-Child to identify anxiety among adolescents aged 13-15 years attending government schools (Sinhala medium) in the district of Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Methods: The SCARED-Child was culturally adapted, translated to Sinhala and its judgmental validity was ensured. The instrument was validated among 423 adolescents aged 13-15 years in Colombo District by assessing criterion validity using the diagnosis made by a consultant psychiatrist as the gold standard, developing clinically validated cut-off values using ROC curve. The internal consistency and test-retest assessment were used to assess the reliability.

 

Results: The culturally adapted and translated SCARED-Child (Sinhala version) showed sensitivity of 85.7% (95% CI=74.61, 93.25) and specificity of 91.3% (95% CI=88.0, 94.07) at a cut-off of 36.5, with a high reliability of Cronbach's alpha (0.87) and test-retest correlation coefficient (0.74).

 

Conclusions & Recommendations: This study revealed that SCARED-Child has a high validity and excellent reliability to identify a child with an anxiety disorder at community setting.
How to Cite: De Silva, S., Seneviratne, S. and Samaranayake, D., 2022. Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)-Child version: validity and reliability assessment among children aged 13-15 years. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 28(2), pp.583–591. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v28i2.8539
Published on 22 Sep 2022.
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