Title

Adaptation of the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety for Use in Children: A Preliminary Analysis.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2016

Identifier

DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw030

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Anxiety has both state/trait and cognitive/somatic dimensions, and these distinctions may be particularly relevant for children with medical problems. This two-part study adapted the State-Trait Inventory for Cognitive and Somatic Anxiety (STICSA) and confirmed its factor structure in a sample of children in a primary care clinic.

METHODS: STICSA items were adapted for reading level and piloted in a small group of children. Next, 250 children (12.3 ± 2.7 years) completed the adapted version, the STICSA-C.

RESULTS: Separate confirmatory factor analyses conducted on the State and Trait forms of the STICSA-C confirmed the two-factor structure of the original measure (i.e., cognitive and somatic anxiety) and suggested an improved parsimonious model.

CONCLUSIONS: Support was found for use of the STICSA-C as a reasonably good internally consistent measure for assessing cognitive and somatic anxiety in pediatric samples. Further investigation of its reliability and validity with replication in pediatric populations is warranted.

Journal Title

Journal of pediatric psychology

Volume

41

Issue

9

First Page

1033

Last Page

1043

MeSH Keywords

Adolescent; Anxiety; Child; Chronic Disease; Cognition; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Female; Humans; Male; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychometrics; Reproducibility of Results

Keywords

anxiety; assessment; children; chronic illness

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