The multidimensional anxiety scale for children: a further validation with Australian adolescents with and without ADHD

Stephen Houghton, Simon C. Hunter, Toby Trewin, Ken Glasgow, Annemaree Carroll

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Abstract

To examine the factor structure of the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) with Australian adolescents with and without Attention–Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The MASC was administered to 210 high school aged adolescents (109 males, 101 females), 115 of who were clinically diagnosed as ADHD (86 males, 29 females). The remaining 95 were non ADHD Community Comparisons. Results: Analyses supported a three-factor model, with a reduced item pool, which combined the Harm Avoidance and Separation Anxiety scales together. This model was invariant across younger and older participants, and across boys and girls. The model was largely invariant across ADHD and non-ADHD groups. The ADHD group had significantly higher Physical Symptom factor scores than the non-ADHD group. The MASC is useful for assessing anxiety in adolescents with and without ADHD but items reflecting the Harm Avoidance and Separation Anxiety scales may need revising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-411
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume18
Issue number5
Early online date16 Mar 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • hyperactivity disorder
  • Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children
  • ADHD

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