The development and psychometric properties of a measure of social and adaptive functioning for children and adolescents
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Developed, piloted, and examined the psychometric properties of the Child and Adolescent Social and Adaptive Functioning Scale (CASAFS), a self-report measure that examines the social functioning of young people in various areas. 1,478 adolescents (aged 12-14 yrs) participated in the study. The findings of confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis support a 4-factor solution consistent with the hypothesized domains. Fit indexes suggested that the 4-correlated factor model represented a satisfactory solution for the data, with the covariation between factors being satisfactorily explained by a single, higher order factor reflecting social and adaptive functioning in general. The internal consistency and 12-mo test-retest reliability of the total scale was acceptable. A significant, negative correlation was found between the CASAFS and a measure of depressive symptoms, showing that high levels of social functioning are associated with low levels of depression. Significant differences in CASAFS total and subscale scores were found between clinically depressed adolescents and a matched sample of nonclinical controls. Adolescents who reported elevated but subclinical levels of depression also reported lower levels of social functioning in comparison to nonclinical controls.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Volume 31, Issue 1, 2002, Pages 111-122. The Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology