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Maternal daily diary report in the assessment of childhood separation anxiety

Allen, Jennifer and Blatter-Meunier, Judith and Ursprung, Antonia and Schneider, Silvia (2010) Maternal daily diary report in the assessment of childhood separation anxiety. journal of clinical child & adolescent psychology, 39 (2). pp. 252-259. ISSN 1537-4416. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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The current study evaluated the feasibility and validity of a parent-report measure of separation anxiety, the Separation Anxiety Daily Diary (SADD). Mother and child participants consisted of three groups: 96 children (aged 4–15 years) with separation anxiety disorder, 49 children with ‘‘other’’ anxiety disorders, and 43 healthy controls. The SADD assesses the frequency of anxiety-provoking and non-anxiety-provoking separations, along with associated parental anxiety, thoughts, child behaviors, and corresponding parental reactions. The SADD demonstrated acceptable compliance and convergent validity with hypothesized measures. Substantial improvement in the prediction of diagnostic group membership was shown when SADD items assessing child symptoms were added to information gathered from a separation anxiety symptom questionnaire.

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Additional Information: Primary responsibility for the conceptualisation, analysis and write-up of study findings. First study to evaluate the reliability and validity of maternal daily diary report of separation anxiety and associated parent behaviours in a children diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder. Findings indicated that information gathered from maternal diaries was better at predicting diagnostic status than a separation anxiety symptom questionnaire.
Controlled Keywords: separation anxiety, assessment, diaries , Health and wellbeing
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:01
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:58
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