|Title||A psychometric evaluation of the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health instruments (ChYMH) anxiety scale in children with and without developmental disabilities|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Stewart S.L, Babcock S.E, Li Y., Dave H.P|
|Keywords||*Anxiety, *Assessment, *Child & youth, *Developmental Disabilities/diagnosis, *Intellectual and developmental disabilities, *InterRAI, *Mental Health, Adolescent, Anxiety/diagnosis, Canada, Child, Child, Preschool, Humans, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results|
BACKGROUND: With 10 to 20% of Canadian children suffering with mental illness, the importance of early identification and accurate assessment systems is clear. Unfortunately, many do not receive the mental health treatment necessary and wait-times for assessment can span up to a year. In response, the interRAI suite of assessments were designed to comprehensively assess early signs of mental health impairments in children from birth to 18 years. METHODS: This study assesses the psychometric properties of the Anxiety Scale and addresses the identification of anxiety within children diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); a commonly underrepresented sample in mental health psychometric studies. Data was collected from children aged 4-18 years in three different samples. RESULTS: Results indicated reliable internal consistency and factor structure, as well as moderate-to-strong convergent validity. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the Anxiety Scale exhibits psychometric qualities which demonstrate its clinical utility for use within a child sample, as well as in children with IDD. The findings provide support to a larger body of research which show consistent psychometric rigour of the interRAI measures.
|Short Title||BMC PsychiatryBMC Psychiatry|
|Alternate Journal||BMC Psychiatry|