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German Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): Reliability, Validity, and Cross-Informant Agreement in a Clinical Sample

Katharina Weitkamp1, Georg Romer1, Sandra Rosenthal1, Silke Wiegand-Grefe1 and Judith Daniels12*

Author Affiliations

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

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2010, 4:19  doi:10.1186/1753-2000-4-19

Published: 30 June 2010

Abstract

Background

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

Methods

102 children and adolescents in outpatient psychotherapy and their parents filled out the SCARED and Youth Self Report/Child Behaviour Checklist (YSR/CBCL).

Results

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.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the German SCARED is a valid and reliable anxiety scale and may be used in a clinical setting