ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (K-SAS-A). A total of 1,364 students (758 boys and 606 girls) in grades 4-5, 7-8, and 10-11 completed the K-SAS-A, performance anxiety scale, K-CATS, depression scale (CES- DC), and sociometric nomination of social and performance anxiety. The parents of students in grades 4-5 and 7-8 also completed the K-SAS-A, adapted for use with parents, and the K-CBCL. The internal consistency of the K-SAS-A was high and the test-retest reliability over six months was acceptable. Factor analysis of the K-SAS-A revealed a three-factor structure (Fear of Negative Evaluation, Social Avoidance and Distress-New, and Social Avoidance and Distress-General), which was similar to that reported in previous studies preformed with the original scale. With regard to gender and age differences in social anxiety level, girls showed more social anxiety than boys, and students in grades 4-5 experienced less social anxiety than older adolescents. Correlation analyses revealed a positive correlation between the K- SAS-A and performance anxiety scales, including the K-CATS, and CES-DC. Parent- and peer-rated social anxiety were positively correlated with K-SAS-A scores. The overall results suggested that the K-SAS-A is reliable and valid for the assessment of social anxiety in children and adolescents. Finally, the implications and limitations of this study were discussed along with future research directions.

KEYWORD

Social anxiety, Psychometric property, Child & Adolescent

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