Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents: normative data and further evidence of construct validity

J Clin Child Psychol. 2000 Sep;29(3):360-71. doi: 10.1207/S15374424JCCP2903_7.


Replicates and extends prior work with the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (SAS-A) by providing psychometric data, further evidence of construct validity, and large-sample based normative data. Participants were 2,937 students (1,431 boys and 1,506 girls) in Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. Students completed the SAS-A, the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS), and the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI). Results replicated a three-factor structure for the SAS-A, with good internal consistencies for its subscales. Normative data were subdivided by sex and grade group. Construct validity included replication of prior relations with general anxiety (RCMAS) and depressive symptomatology (CDI). Implications of these results for further use and norming of the SAS-A are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychometrics
  • Reference Values
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Social Behavior*