Title

Discriminant Validity of Self-Reported Anxiety and Depression in Children: Negative Affectivity or Independent Constructs?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Clinical Child Psychology

Volume

25

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

1996

First Page

139

Last Page

146

DOI

10.1207/s15374424jccp2502_2

Abstract

Replicated recent investigations in the adult literature regarding the relation between anxiety and depression with a sample of children using sophisticated multivariate analyses. Nonreferred school children were administered commonly employed self-report measures of anxiety (Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children) and depression (Children's Depression Inventory and Reynolds Child Depression Scale). Covariance structure analyses using the LISREL 7 program investigated whether a one- or two-factor model would best fit the data. A two-factor model was identified as better, based on chi-square and goodness-of-fit indices. Results suggest that the distinction between anxiety and depression should be maintained.

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