School and social anxiety are common problems and have a significant impact on youths’ development. Nevertheless, the questionnaires to assess these anxious symptoms in French adolescents have limitations. The aim of this study is to provide a French version of the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (SAS-A) and the School Anxiety Inventory (SAI), analysing their psychometric properties by the factor structure, internal consistency, and convergent validity. The SAS-A and the SAI were collectively administered in a sample of 1011 French adolescents (48.5% boys) ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. Confirmatory factor analyses replicated the previously identified correlated three-factor structure of the SAS-A and the correlated four-factor structure of the SAI. Acceptable internal consistency indexes were found for SAS-A and SAI scores. Correlations supported the convergent validity of the questionnaires’ subscales. Overall, results supported the internal con- sistency and validity of the French versions of the SAS-A and SAI. Keywords Social anxiety · School anxiety · Self-report · France · Adolescence Introduction are those relating to social interactions (e.g., social anxiety) or school attendance (e.g., school anxiety) [2–5]. During childhood, and especially during adolescence, Specifically, social anxiety is defined as an intense and youth often have fears in specific situations [1 ]. In
Child Psychiatry and Human Development – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 2, 2018
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