Psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the state anxiety scale for children†
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2004
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 198–207, June 2004
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Li, H. C. W. and Lopez, V. (2004), Psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the state anxiety scale for children. Res. Nurs. Health, 27: 198–207. doi: 10.1002/nur.20015
The authors gratefully acknowledge Ms. Lam Ho Yan (Angie) for her assistance in data collection and entry processing.
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 JAN 2004
- Lee Hysan Foundation Research Grant and Endowment Fund Research Grant from the Chinese University of Hong Kong
- day surgery;
- factor analysis
The assessment of anxiety in children undergoing surgery must be addressed before any intervention can be appropriately planned, provided, and evaluated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the State Anxiety Scale for Children. Two hundred and thirty-seven children from a primary school and 112 children admitted for day surgery were recruited for this study. The instrument demonstrated adequate internal-consistency reliability, appropriate concurrent validity, and construct validity. Factor analyses further confirmed the construct validity of the scale, with a good fit between the factor structure of the scale and the observed data. Results suggest that the Chinese version of the State Anxiety Scale for Children can be used as a self-report assessment tool in measuring the anxiety level of Chinese children ages 7–12 years. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 27:198–207, 2004