What I think and feel: a revised measure of children's manifest anxiety

J Abnorm Child Psychol. 1978 Jun;6(2):271-80. doi: 10.1007/BF00919131.


The 1956 adaptation for children of Taylor's Manifest Anxiety Scale, the Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale, was revised to meet current psychometric standards. A 73-item revision draft was administered to 329 school children from grades 1 to 12. Based on item-analysis criteria for rbis greater than or equal to .4 and .30 less than or equal to p less than or equal to .70, 28 anxiety items were retained along with 9 of the original 11 Lie scale items. A cross-validation sample of 167 children from grades 2, 5, 9, 10, and 11 produced a KR20 reliability estimate of .85. Anxiety scores did not differ across grade or race. Females scored significantly higher than males. For the Lie scale, significant differences appeared by grade and race. No sex differences were obtained on the Lie scale. The resulting scale appears useful for children in grades 1 to 12 and may aid in future studies of anxiety as well as assisting the clinician in the understanding of individual children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Deception
  • Educational Status
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manifest Anxiety Scale*
  • Personality Inventory*
  • Psychometrics
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors