Content of the questionnaire
Target audienceChildren & youth
ApplicationThe Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C) has been developed to measure pathological worry in children. This may for example be part of a generalized anxiety disorder.
CompositionThe 14 items of the PSWQ-C are answered on 4-point Likert scales ranging from 0 = “never true” to 3 = “always true”. All items are subsequently used to compute a total score.
Psychometric properties
Reliability & ValidityThe psychometric properties of the PSWQ-C have been investigated in two studies (see literature). Reliability and validity of the instrument have been established. Furthermore, the questionnaire has a clear one-factor structure, so there is only a total score and no subscales. The PSWQ-C could differentiate children with and without generalized anxiety disorders.
NormsPercentile norms are available for 8-12 year old boys and girls.
Literature and copyright

Chorpita, B. F., Tracey, S. A., Brown, T. A., Collica, T. J., & Barlow, D. H. (1997). Assessment of worry in children and adolescents: An adaptation of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 35(6), 569-581.

Muris, P., Meesters, C., & Gobel, M. (2001). Reliability, validity, and normative data of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire in 8–12-yr-old children. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 32(2), 63-72.

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