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Psychometric Properties of SCARED-C Scale in a Romanian Community Sample and its Future Utility for Dental Practice

Version 1 : Received: 22 November 2021 / Approved: 24 November 2021 / Online: 24 November 2021 (12:48:07 CET)

How to cite: Bucur, S.; Moraru, A.; Adamovits, B.; Bud, E.S.; Olteanu, C.D.; Vaida, L.L. Psychometric Properties of SCARED-C Scale in a Romanian Community Sample and its Future Utility for Dental Practice. Preprints 2021, 2021110455 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0455.v1). Bucur, S.; Moraru, A.; Adamovits, B.; Bud, E.S.; Olteanu, C.D.; Vaida, L.L. Psychometric Properties of SCARED-C Scale in a Romanian Community Sample and its Future Utility for Dental Practice. Preprints 2021, 2021110455 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0455.v1).

Abstract

SCARED-C instrument (the child version, 41 items) is used for screening anxiety in children between 8 to 18 years old and has been first introduced by Birmaher & collab. in 1995, with good psychometric data - internal consistency from α =.74 to .93 - and good discriminative validity indices in the original versions (1997, 1999). Since then, many countries have adopted the scale, for its utility in identifying five subsets of anxiety disorders (subscales): somatic/panic disorder, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social phobia, and school avoidance. The present study contains the first Romanian translated and adapted version of the SCARED-C instrument on a community sample of 477 children (8-18 years old) from Mureș county schools. The instrument showed moderate to good internal consistency (α Cronbach from to .63 to .91 for the total scale) and good test-retest reliability (.70) on a subset of 85 children sample. A confirmatory factorial analysis (CFA) was conducted to test the factor structure of the Romanian version of SCARED-C; results showed that SCARED-C has good psychometric properties to be used for screening anxiety in Romanian children and adolescents. The implications for using SCARED-C in dental practice are discussed. Future studies need to be conducted for exploring convergent and discriminative validity of the instrument and the sensitivity to current DSM-V criteria. Application on a dental pediatric sample is also required.

Keywords

child anxiety disorders; screening; SCARED-C; psychometrics; dental practice

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Dentistry

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