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Negative cognitions play a central role in adolescent social anxiety, and yet there is a lack of empirically validated measures assessing these in detail. This study describes the adaptation of the Child & Adolescent Social Cognitions Questionnaire (CASCQ) from the adult version of the scale and its preliminary validation in a general adolescent school sample (N = 671). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis on split halves of the data indicated two factors, labelled 'negative self-concept' and 'anxious appearance', provided the best fit. Totals and subscales possessed good internal consistency and convergent validity. Findings suggest that the CASCQ is a reliable and valid measure of social anxiety-related cognitions in youth and may be useful for research and clinical purposes. Further examination of the scale with pre-adolescents and clinical samples is warranted.

Original publication




Journal article


Child Psychiatry Hum Dev

Publication Date





715 - 724


Scale, Social anxiety, Social anxiety-related cognition, Youth, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Humans, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Social Cognition, Surveys and Questionnaires