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NUNES, Michele Moreira et al. Validity and reliability of the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC). Bol. - Acad. Paul. Psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.41, n.101, pp. 236-244. ISSN 1415-711X.

The Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) is an instrument used to assess anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. It can be applied and scored in less than 25 minutes and is considered a useful tool for the routine assessment of problems related to anxiety in children and adolescents. The objective is to study the reliability and validity of the Portuguese version. 649 students participated in this study, from public schools in the city of SP, and 25 children and adolescents, diagnosed with anxiety disorder being treated at SEPIA (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service of the Psychiatry Institute of FMUSP Clinical Hospital). The instruments used were MASC and Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). MASC performed well in terms of internal consistency, discriminant validity, responsiveness validity and correlation analysis. The scale showed good psychometric performance and will be useful in future studies.

Keywords : Anxiety Scale for Children; Validity and Reliability.

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