The most widely used self-report measure of anxiety
Charles D. Spielberger, C.D. Edwards, J. Montuori & R. Lushene
Based on the same theory as the STAI, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC) distinguishes between a general proneness to anxious behavior rooted in the personality and anxiety as a fleeting emotional state.
The instrument is designed to be used with upper elementary or junior high school aged children and consists of two twenty-item scales. The STAIC is the definitive instrument for measuring anxiety in children. The measure is easy to read and can be administered verbally to younger children.
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About the STAICH
The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC) was initially developed as a research tool for the study of anxiety in elementary school children. It is comprised of separate, self-report scales for measuring two distinct anxiety concepts: state anxiety (S-Anxiety) and trait anxiety (T-Anxiety). The STAIC is similar in conception and structure to the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) which provides measures of anxiety for adolescents and adults (Spielberger, Gorsuch, & Lushene, 1970). While especially constructed to measure anxiety in nine- to twelve-year old children, the STAIC may also be used with younger children with average or above reading ability and with older children who are below average in ability.
Contents of Manual
- Procedures for administering and scoring the scales
- Normative data and the N’s of these populations with percentile tables
- Psychometric data of the scales
- Reliability and validity of the scales
- Correlations with other tests
- Current research
- Bibliography of research with the STAIC
Uses of the STAIC
- Educational, psychological and health research
- Clinical diagnosis
- Differentiating anxiety from depression
- Assessment of clinical anxiety in medical, surgical, psychosomatic, and psychiatric patients
STAIC State Anxiety
- Evaluates how respondents felt at a particular time in the recent past and how they anticipate they will feel either in a specific situation that is likely to be encountered in the future or in a variety of hypothetical situations
- Scores can be used to determine actual levels of S-Anxiety intensity, as an index of drive level, or as an indicator of changes in transitory anxiety experienced by children in counseling, psychotherapy, and behavior-modification programs
- Assesses the level induced by stressful experimental procedures and by unavoidable real-life stressors such as school integration, examinations, dental treatment or imminent surgery
STAIC Trait Anxiety:
- Proven useful for identifying children with high levels of neurotic anxiety and for selecting subjects for psychological experiments who differ in motivation or drive level
- For evaluating the immediate and long-term effectiveness of clinical treatment procedures designed to reduce neurotic anxiety in children
Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade elementary school children (two large samples in six different schools)
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade elementary school children (reported by gender and by grade level)
Individuals respond to each item on a three-point rating scale, checking one of three alternatives that describes him or her best or indicates frequency of occurrence. Children generally require eight to twelve minutes to complete each scale, and less than twenty minutes to complete both.
The S-Anxiety scale consists of twenty statements that describe how respondents feel “right now, at this very moment.”
|1.||I feel||very relaxed||relaxed||not relaxed|
|2.||I feel||very upset||upset||not upset|
The T-Anxiety scale consists of twenty statements that describe how respondents "usually feel."
|1.||I worry too much||hardly ever||sometimes||often|
|2.||I notice my heart beats fast||hardly ever||sometimes||often|