German Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): Reliability, Validity, and Cross-Informant Agreement in a Clinical Sample
1 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
2 Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2010, 4:19 doi:10.1186/1753-2000-4-19Published: 30 June 2010
The psychometric properties and cross-informant agreement of a German translation of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) were assessed in a clinical sample
102 children and adolescents in outpatient psychotherapy and their parents filled out the SCARED and Youth Self Report/Child Behaviour Checklist (YSR/CBCL).
The German SCARED showed good internal consistency for both parent and self-report version, and proved to be convergently and discriminantly valid when compared with YSR/CBCL scales. Cross-informant agreement was moderate with children reporting both a larger number as well as higher severity of anxiety symptoms than their parents.
In conclusion, the German SCARED is a valid and reliable anxiety scale and may be used in a clinical setting