Children's Separation Anxiety Scale (CSAS): Psychometric Properties

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Title: Children's Separation Anxiety Scale (CSAS): Psychometric Properties
Authors: Méndez, Xavier | Espada Sánchez, José Pedro | Orgilés Amorós, Mireia | Llavona, Luis M. | García-Fernández, José Manuel
Research Group/s: Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica
Keywords: Psychometric properties | Children's Separation Anxiety Scale (CSAS)
Knowledge Area: Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2014
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Citation: Méndez X, Espada JP, Orgilés M, Llavona LM, García-Fernández JM (2014) Children's Separation Anxiety Scale (CSAS): Psychometric Properties. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103212
Abstract: This study describes the psychometric properties of the Children's Separation Anxiety Scale (CSAS), which assesses separation anxiety symptoms in childhood. Participants in Study 1 were 1,908 schoolchildren aged between 8 and 11. Exploratory factor analysis identified four factors: worry about separation, distress from separation, opposition to separation, and calm at separation, which explained 46.91% of the variance. In Study 2, 6,016 children aged 8–11 participated. The factor model in Study 1 was validated by confirmatory factor analysis. The internal consistency (α = 0.82) and temporal stability (r = 0.83) of the instrument were good. The convergent and discriminant validity were evaluated by means of correlations with other measures of separation anxiety, childhood anxiety, depression and anger. Sensitivity of the scale was 85% and its specificity, 95%. The results support the reliability and validity of the CSAS.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Spanish National Plan for Research, Development and Technological Innovation Grant (EDU2008-05060) awarded to Xavier Méndez, and by BANCAJA-UMH Grant (2007-2009), awarded to Mireia Orgilés.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/40786
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103212
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2014 Méndez et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103212
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