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A French Translation of the Revised Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index (Casi-R): Its Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity in a Nonclinical Sample of Children Aged 12 and 13 Years Old

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Céline Stassart ,

Health Psychology, Department of Human Systems and Clinical Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Liège, BE
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Isabelle Hansez,

Valorization of Human Resources, Department of Human Systems and Clinical Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Liège, BE
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Muriel Delvaux,

Health Psychology, Department of Human Systems and Clinical Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Liège, BE
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Brigitte Depauw,

Health Psychology, Department of Human Systems and Clinical Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Liège, BE
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Anne-Marie Etienne

Health Psychology, Department of Human Systems and Clinical Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Liège, BE
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Abstract

This study (n = 237 Belgian children; mean age = 12.3 years; SD = 0.41) examined the factor structure, reliability, and validity of the French translation of the Revised Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index (CASI-R). We obtained a hierarchical factor structure with four lower-order factors – "fear of cognitive dyscontrol," "fear of publicly observable anxiety reactions," "fear of respiratory symptoms," and "fear of cardiovascular symptoms" – loading on a single higher-order factor ("anxiety sensitivity"). The French translation revealed acceptable internal consistency and a good interitem structure. Anxiety sensitivity was connected with the anxiety and depression scales but the correlation between the CASI-R and the depression score was more modest than that between the CASI-R and the trait anxiety score, indicating that the CASI-R is an anxiety scale. Girls reported more fear of anxious feelings than boys. This revised version allows for a more fine-grained assessment of the anxiety sensitivity concept.
How to Cite: Stassart, C. et al., (2013). A French Translation of the Revised Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index (Casi-R): Its Factor Structure, Reliability, and Validity in a Nonclinical Sample of Children Aged 12 and 13 Years Old. Psychologica Belgica. 53(1), pp.57–74. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-53-1-57
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Published on 01 Mar 2013.
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