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Avaliação Psicológica

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REPPOLD, Caroline Tozzi  and  HUTZ, Claudio Simon. Evidence of validity of the assessment scale for anxiety in Brazilian adolescents. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.2, pp. 131-136. ISSN 1677-0471.

Anxiety presents indicators related to somatic, motor and cognitive markers. Although interest in the investigation of regulation of anxiety is evident among researchers, the supply of validated instruments is still restricted. The purpose of this paper is to present the study to determine criterion validity of the scale for evaluation of anxiety in adolescents. Two criterion-groups were selected: a clinical group of 62 adolescents with psychiatric diagnosis (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia or Panic Disorder) and a group of 23 teenage students indicated by teachers for having anxiety-related behaviors. Follow up analyzes revealed that all comparison groups presented differences. Group II presents more indicative of psychological problems (anxiety) than the community sample and less than the clinical sample. The results show evidence of criterion validity of the Anxiety Evaluation Scale for Adolescents based on comparing scores on criterion groups.

Keywords : anxiety; psychometric test; adolescence; criterion validity; clinical validity.

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