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dc.contributor.authorSpence, Sue
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-25T23:32:37Z
dc.date.available2018-04-25T23:32:37Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn1475-3588en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/camh.12251en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/373700
dc.description.abstractBackground: Given the relatively high prevalence of anxiety problems among young people and their adverse consequences if left untreated, it is important that clinicians and researchers have access to reliable and valid assessment tools to facilitate early detection, case formulation, treatment design and evaluation of outcomes. Method: This paper presents the findings of a pragmatic review of the literature regarding the assessment of anxiety in young people in multiple contexts, including mental health services, school-based screening and research trials. Results: Commonly used diagnostic interviews, questionnaire measures and alternative assessment methods are described, along with psychometric properties and practical issues. The review indicates the complexities of assessing anxiety problems given the high level of comorbidity between anxiety disorders and with depression. It also highlights the different approaches required for assessment across different age groups, the need for multiple informants and issues relating to the lack of agreement between reporters. There is a strong evidence-base for several diagnostic instruments and anxiety scales, although the accuracy of youth and parent report scales in forming clinical diagnoses is not sufficiently strong to justify their use in isolation for diagnostic purposes. Conclusions: The assessment of youth anxiety should ideally include a multiinformant, multimethod approach, with measures tailored to the age of the child, and the purpose of the evaluation. There is now a sufficiently strong research base to enable clinicians and researchers to ensure that they select evidence-based instruments.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto17en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalChild and Adolescent Mental Healthen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199en_US
dc.titleReview - Measurement Issues: Assessing anxiety disorders in children and adolescentsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
dc.description.versionPost-printen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Preventionen_US
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.en_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2017 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Review ‐ Measurement Issues: Assessing anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2017, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12251. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)en_US
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