The structure of negative emotions in a clinical sample of children and adolescents

Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA.
Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Impact Factor: 4.86). 02/1998; 107(1):74-85. DOI: 10.1037//0021-843X.107.1.74
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The authors sought to define the latent factors associated with childhood anxiety and depression, using a structural equations/confirmatory factor-analytic approach involving multiple informants (i.e., parent and child report) of symptoms. A sample of 216 children and adolescents with diagnoses of an anxiety disorder or comorbid anxiety and mood disorders and their parents were administered measures of childhood fear, anxiety, and depression. Results of comparative modeling best supported 3-factor solutions (fear, anxiety, and depression) that were consistent with recent conceptual models of anxiety and depression (e.g., tripartite model). Results also suggested that 3 widely used measures of childhood negative emotion are conceptually heterogeneous (containing item sets that loaded on different latent factors). Implications for the assessment of childhood negative emotions are discussed.

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    • "This indicates that the fi t of the hierarchical model to the data is not only due to the fact that it is less constrained. The excellent fi t of the original three-factor model of Lovibond and Lovibond (1995) is in line with the fi ndings of studies evaluating the factorial validity of the DASS-21 in adults (Antony et al., 1998; Brown et al., 1997; Clara et al., 2001; Crawford & Henry, 2003; Henry & Crawford, 2005), whereas the excellent fi t of the hierarchical model is in line with the results of studies evaluating the tripartite model of negative emotionality in adolescents (Chorpita et al., 1998; Joiner et al., 1996; Lambert et al., 2004). Although the original three-factor model of Lovibond and Lovibond (1995) shows an excellent fi t to the data of our sample, the correlations between the latent variables of this model are very high. "
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