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Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C)

Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C)

Chorpita, Tracey, Brown, Collica, & Barlow, 1997

The PSWQ-C is a 16-item self-report measure assessing worry in youths ages 7-17. The PSWQ-C is a changed version of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire for adults (PSWQ; Meyer, Miller, Metzger, & Borkovec, 1990). The PSWQ-C can be used as a screening tool. Sample items include: “My worries really bother me” and “I’ve been a worrier all my life.” Each item is rated on a 4-point Likert scale from zero (“never true”) to items (“always true”). This measure was designed to be administered in five minutes. In both community and clinical samples, the PSWQ-C shows well to excellent internal consistency (α =.89-.91). In addition, it also demonstrates concurrent validity with the Worry/Oversensitivity subscale from the Revised Children’s Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS; Reynolds & Richmond, 1978), the CDI (Kovacs, 1985), and the Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) section of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV-Child and Parent version (ADIS-IV C/P; Silverman & Albano, 1996). The PSWQ-C also demonstrates discriminant validity between GAD and other anxiety disorders (Pestle et al., 2008).


Pestle, Chorpita, & Schiffman, 2008


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