The Youth Anxiety Measure for DSM-5 (YAM-5): Correlations with anxiety, fear, and depression scales in non-clinical children

Peter Muris, Janne Mannens, Lisanne Peeters, Cor Meesters

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Abstract

The Youth Anxiety Measure for DSM-5 (YAM-5) is a newly developed rating scale for assessing anxiety disorder symptoms of children and adolescents in terms of the contemporary classification system. In the present study, 187 children aged 8-12 years completed the new measure as well as the trait version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC), the Short Form of the Fear Survey Schedule for Children-Revised (FSSC-R-SF), the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS), the Selective Mutism Questionnaire (SMQ), and the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). Results indicated that part one of the YAM-5, which measures symptoms of the major anxiety disorders, was most substantially linked with the trait anxiety scale of the STAIC, whereas part two, which measures phobic symptoms, was most clearly associated with the FSSC-R-SF. The correlation between the YAM-5 and the SCAS was also robust, and particularly strong correlations were found between subscales of both questionnaires that assessed similar symptoms. Further, the selective mutism subscale of the YAM-5 was most clearly linked to the SMQ. Finally, the YAM-5 was also significantly correlated with depression symptoms as indexed by the CDI. These findings provide further support for the concurrent validity of the YAM-5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume51
Early online date13 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Youth Anxiety Measure for DSM-5
  • Validity
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • SELECTIVE MUTISM QUESTIONNAIRE
  • EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • DIVERGENT VALIDITY
  • REFERRED CHILDREN
  • SCARED-R
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • SAMPLE
  • CHILDHOOD
  • SCREEN

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