Psychometric properties of the screen for child anxiety related emotional disorders (SCARED) in Native American children and adolescents
The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) is a commonly used instrument that evaluates anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of the SCARED on a Native American child and adolescent population. A total of 236 children aged 8 to 18 participated in the study. Results suggest the SCARED total score has excellent internal consistency, and subscales demonstrated moderate to good internal consistency. The five factor and hierarchical models fit the data, and AIC and BIC results indicated the hierarchical model best fit the data. Gender differences indicated girls reported higher levels of anxiety symptoms compared to boys, and convergent validity was established between the SCARED and Spence Children's Anxiety Scale. Findings suggest the SCARED is a valid tool to use when identifying Native American children and adolescences at-risk for developing anxiety disorders.