Searchable Title

Social Worries Anxiety Index for Young Children (appears in: Young Children Have Social Worries Too: Validation of a Brief Parent Report Measure of Social Worries in Children Aged 4-8 Years). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Searchable Authors

S Stuijfzand
H F. Dodd

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Stuijfzand, S.; Dodd, H. F.

Title, Section

Social Worries Anxiety Index for Young Children (appears in: Young Children Have Social Worries Too: Validation of a Brief Parent Report Measure of Social Worries in Children Aged 4-8 Years). Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2017

Journal Title

Journal of Anxiety Disorders

Volume

50

Issue

Aug

Pages

87-93

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 28628781

DOI

10.1016/j.janxdis.2017.05.008

Abstract

This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Social Worries Anxiety Index for Young children (SWAIY), adapted from the Social Worries Questionnaire-Parent version (SWQ-P; Spence, 1995), as a measure of social anxiety in young children. 169 parents of children aged four to eight years from a community sample completed the SWAIY and a standardized measure of anxiety; the SWAIY was completed again two weeks later. Parents deemed the items appropriate and relevant to children of this age. The SWAIY demonstrated excellent (>0.80) internal consistency and a one-factor model. Test-retest reliability was strong (r=0.87) and evidence of convergent validity (r>.50) was found. The study provides initial evidence for the validation of SWAIY as a measure of social anxiety in children aged four to eight years old. This questionnaire is ideal for investigating social anxiety over early childhood and the relationship between early social worries and later anxiety disorders.

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