Validation of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale's obsessive compulsive subscale in a clinical and community sample

Stephen P.H. Whiteside, Michelle R. Gryczkowski, Bridget K. Biggs, Renee Fagen, Desmond Owusu

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Abstract

This study describes the validation of the obsessive compulsive subscale on the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS OCD) for use as a clinical assessment tool. Data from 196 anxious children (102 males, ages 7-18) and their parent collected during a diagnostic assessment were compared to data from 420 children (206 males, ages 8-13) from the community collected by mail. The validity of the SCAS OCD parent- and child-report forms were supported by correlations with the Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale and continuous OCD symptom variables from the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule: Child Version. In addition, children with OCD were found to have higher scores on the SCAS OCD subscale than patients without OCD and children from the community without a reported anxiety diagnosis. The sensitivity of the SCAS OCD to treatment effects was also demonstrated in a subset of the clinical sample that received exposure and response prevention therapy. Finally, cut-scores were identified that examine the sensitivity and predictive utility of the scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of anxiety disorders
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

Keywords

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Assessment
  • Children
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Positive predictive power
  • Spence Children's Anxiety Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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