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Comparisons of the Factor Structure and Measurement Invariance of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale - Parent Version in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Anxious Children

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Magda GlodORCiD, Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers



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© 2017 The Author(s) The Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale—Parent version (SCAS-P) is often used to assess anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), however, little is known about the validity of the tool in this population. The aim of this study was to determine whether the SCAS-P has the same factorial validity in a sample of young people with ASD (n = 285), compared to a sample of typically developing young people with anxiety disorders (n = 224). Poor model fit with all of the six hypothesised models precluded invariance testing. Exploratory factor analysis indicated that different anxiety phenomenology characterises the two samples. The findings suggest that cross-group comparisons between ASD and anxious samples based on the SCAS-P scores may not always be appropriate.

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Author(s): Glod M, Cresswell C, Waite P, Jamieson R, McConachie HR, Don South M, Rodgers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2017

Volume: 47

Issue: 12

Pages: 3834-3846

Print publication date: 01/12/2017

Online publication date: 09/04/2017

Acceptance date: 27/03/2017

Date deposited: 30/03/2017

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3118-0


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