Psychometric properties of the Youth Anxiety Measure for DSM-5 (YAM-5) in a community sample

Ellin Simon*, Arjan E. R. Bos, Peter Verboon, Sanny Smeekens, Peter Muris

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To detect children with dysfunctional levels of fear and anxiety, we need reliable and valid measures that fit the contemporary diagnostic system and suit and support current practices in mental health. Therefore, we developed the Youth Anxiety Measure for DSM-5 (YAM-5), a questionnaire that assesses symptoms of the full range of the contemporary anxiety diagnoses of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Part I of the YAM-5 measures all of the major anxiety disorders and Part II measures all of the specific phobias. The current study evaluated the psychometric properties of the child self-report version of the YAM-5. Children (N = 414) aged 8 to 12 years (M = 10.49, SD = 1.04) were recruited via regular primary schools and the data were collected at school during regular classes. Good internal consistencies were demonstrated for the subscales of Part I and for the total scale of Part I and Part II. Furthermore, good test-retest reliability, good concurrent validity and good construct validity of both parts of the questionnaire were found. Overall, this study strongly indicates that the YAM-5 is suitable for measuring symptoms of anxiety disorders in community samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-264
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Anxiety
  • DSM-5
  • Questionnaire
  • Children
  • Psychometric properties
  • Community sample
  • Confirmatory factor analysis

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