Symptoms of anxiety disorders and teacher-reported school functioning of normal children

Psychol Rep. 2002 Oct;91(2):588-90. doi: 10.2466/pr0.2002.91.2.588.


Correlations between scores on the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, a questionnaire for measuring symptoms of anxiety disorders and a report of school functioning by teachers were computed for 317 primary school children and 13 teachers in The Netherlands. Analysis showed a small but significant negative correlation between scores for total anxiety and school functioning (r = -.20, p < .001). The finding is consistent with the notion that high symptoms indicating anxiety disorders in children are accompanied by less optimal functioning in school.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching*