Adapting the sheehan disability scale to assess child and parent impairment related to childhood anxiety disorders

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This study describes a child adaptation of the Sheehan Disability Scale, a measure of impairment among anxious adults. Parallel child and parent report forms were created to assess the degree to which anxiety interferes with child and parent social, educational/occupational, and family functioning. Data from 267 anxious children (140 boys ages 5-19) and their parents collected during a diagnostic assessment were compared to data from 85 children (47 boys ages 9-18) from the community collected by mail. The validity of the Child Sheehan Disability Scale (CSDS) report forms were supported by correlations with interview and self-report measures of related constructs, as well as differences between children with and without anxiety disorders. The sensitivity of the CSDS to treatment effects was demonstrated in a subset of the clinical sample. Logistical regression suggested that the CSDS contributes unique variance beyond symptom severity for indentifying children who present for treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)721-730
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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