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The psychometric properties of the screen for child anxiety related emotional disorders in pediatric chronic pain. J Pediatr Psychol 2012 Oct;37(9):999-1011

Date

06/12/2012

Pubmed ID

22685340

DOI

10.1093/jpepsy/jss069

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84866897230   27 Citations

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine the psychometric properties of the SCARED in pediatric chronic pain.

METHODS: Participants were parents (n = 313 mothers, 163 fathers) and youth (n = 349) presenting for treatment of pediatric chronic pain. Participants completed the SCARED and measures of pain catastrophizing, internalizing problems, and health-related quality of life.

RESULTS: Internal consistency (Cronbach's α) of SCARED Total scores ranged from .92 to .93 across sources of report. All subscales except for School Phobia exhibited good internal consistency. SCARED scores were significantly positively related to internalizing symptoms and pain catastrophizing; and negatively related to health-related quality of life. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed acceptable fit of the SCARED measurement model.

CONCLUSIONS: The SCARED shows promise as a measure of anxiety in pediatric pain. Important caveats for its usage and areas in need of additional research are discussed. Of importance in pediatric pain is improving current approaches for measuring school anxiety in this population.

Author List

Jastrowski Mano KE, Evans JR, Tran ST, Anderson Khan K, Weisman SJ, Hainsworth KR

Authors

Kimberly J. Anderson Khan PsyD Associate Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Keri Hainsworth PhD Associate Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Steven J. Weisman MD Professor in the Anesthesiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Anxiety
Catastrophization
Child
Chronic Pain
Emotions
Female
Humans
Male
Parents
Psychometrics
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires
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