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The Liebowitz social anxiety scale for children and adolescents: an initial psychometric investigation.
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003 Sep; 42(9):1076-84.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To examine the psychometric properties of a newly developed clinician rating scale, the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale for Children and Adolescents (LSAS-CA).

METHOD

A total of 154 children and adolescents participated in an assessment consisting of a diagnostic interview, the LSAS-CA, and other measures of psychopathology and impairment. Sixty-one of these children also participated in a second LSAS-CA administration, by a different rater blind to diagnosis, within 7 days of the initial assessment.

RESULTS

High internal consistency (alpha =.90-.97 for full sample and.83-.95 for social phobia group) and test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.89-0.94) were obtained for LSAS-CA total and subscale scores. LSAS-CA scores had stronger associations with measures of social anxiety and general impairment than with a measure of depression. Subjects with social anxiety disorder had significantly higher LSAS-CA scores than subjects with other anxiety disorders and healthy controls. A LSAS-CA cutoff score of 22.5 represented the best balance of sensitivity and specificity when distinguishing between individuals with social phobia and normal controls, whereas a cutoff of 29.5 was optimal for distinguishing social phobia from other anxiety disorders.

CONCLUSION

Initial findings suggest that the LSAS-CA is a reliable and valid instrument for the assessment of social anxiety disorder.

Authors+Show Affiliations

New York University School of Medicine, Child Study Center, New York, NY 10016, USA. carrie.masia@med.nyi.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12960707

Citation

Masia-Warner, Carrie, et al. "The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale for Children and Adolescents: an Initial Psychometric Investigation." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 42, no. 9, 2003, pp. 1076-84.
Masia-Warner C, Storch EA, Pincus DB, et al. The Liebowitz social anxiety scale for children and adolescents: an initial psychometric investigation. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003;42(9):1076-84.
Masia-Warner, C., Storch, E. A., Pincus, D. B., Klein, R. G., Heimberg, R. G., & Liebowitz, M. R. (2003). The Liebowitz social anxiety scale for children and adolescents: an initial psychometric investigation. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(9), 1076-84.
Masia-Warner C, et al. The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale for Children and Adolescents: an Initial Psychometric Investigation. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003;42(9):1076-84. PubMed PMID: 12960707.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Liebowitz social anxiety scale for children and adolescents: an initial psychometric investigation. AU - Masia-Warner,Carrie, AU - Storch,Eric A, AU - Pincus,Donna B, AU - Klein,Rachel G, AU - Heimberg,Richard G, AU - Liebowitz,Michael R, PY - 2003/9/10/pubmed PY - 2003/10/22/medline PY - 2003/9/10/entrez SP - 1076 EP - 84 JF - Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry JO - J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry VL - 42 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To examine the psychometric properties of a newly developed clinician rating scale, the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale for Children and Adolescents (LSAS-CA). METHOD: A total of 154 children and adolescents participated in an assessment consisting of a diagnostic interview, the LSAS-CA, and other measures of psychopathology and impairment. Sixty-one of these children also participated in a second LSAS-CA administration, by a different rater blind to diagnosis, within 7 days of the initial assessment. RESULTS: High internal consistency (alpha =.90-.97 for full sample and.83-.95 for social phobia group) and test-retest reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.89-0.94) were obtained for LSAS-CA total and subscale scores. LSAS-CA scores had stronger associations with measures of social anxiety and general impairment than with a measure of depression. Subjects with social anxiety disorder had significantly higher LSAS-CA scores than subjects with other anxiety disorders and healthy controls. A LSAS-CA cutoff score of 22.5 represented the best balance of sensitivity and specificity when distinguishing between individuals with social phobia and normal controls, whereas a cutoff of 29.5 was optimal for distinguishing social phobia from other anxiety disorders. CONCLUSION: Initial findings suggest that the LSAS-CA is a reliable and valid instrument for the assessment of social anxiety disorder. SN - 0890-8567 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12960707/The_Liebowitz_social_anxiety_scale_for_children_and_adolescents:_an_initial_psychometric_investigation_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0890-8567(09)61004-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -