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Psychometric Properties and Factorial Invariance of the Educational-Clinical Questionnaire: Anxiety and Depression (CECAD) in Basque Population

Arantxa Gorostiaga, Nekane Balluerka, Jone Aliri, Usue Echeveste and Joanes Lameirinhas

University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain)

Background: Anxiety and depression are the most common current mental health problems. Due to their comorbidity, there is a need for instruments that measure them simultaneously. Moreover, given that their prevalence varies by gender and age, it is important to examine the factorial invariance of such instruments. The present study aimed to analyze the dimensionality and factorial invariance of the Basque version of the Educational-Clinical Questionnaire: Anxiety and Depression (CECAD) as a function of gender and age, and to gather additional evidence of its validity. Method: The sample comprised 2131 participants (54.2% female) between 7 and 24 years old (M = 13.2; SD = 3.52). Results: The CECAD was found to have a two-dimensional structure invariant to gender and age, with higher latent means for girls in both dimensions, and for those aged 14 and over in depression, but with small effect sizes. Both reliability and convergent validity values were good. Conclusions: The Basque version of the CECAD has good evidence of validity and reliability for assessing anxiety and depression in Basque-speaking children and adolescents.

Antecedentes: En la actualidad, la ansiedad y la depresión son los problemas de salud mental más comunes. Debido a su comorbilidad, resulta necesario disponer de instrumentos que los midan simultáneamente. Además, dado que su prevalencia varía en función del género y la edad, es importante examinar la invarianza factorial de tales instrumentos. El objetivo del presente estudio fue analizar la dimensionalidad y la invarianza factorial de la versión en euskera del Cuestionario Educativo-Clínico: Ansiedad y Depresión (CECAD) en función del género y la edad, y recabar evidencias adicionales de validez. Método: La muestra estuvo compuesta por 2131 participantes (54.2% mujeres) con edades comprendidas entre los 7 y 24 años (M = 13.2; DT = 3.52). Resultados: El CECAD mostró una estructura de dos dimensiones invariantes al género y la edad, con medias latentes más altas para las chicas en ambas dimensiones, y para mayores de 14 años en depresión, pero con tamaños del efecto pequeños. Tanto las estimaciones de los índices de fiabilidad como las evidencias de validez convergente fueron buenas. Conclusiones: La versión en euskera del CECAD posee adecuadas evidencias de validez y fiabilidad para evaluar la ansiedad y la depresión en niños y adolescentes vascoparlantes.

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