The separation anxiety daily diary: Child version: Feasibility and psychometric properties

Jennifer L. Allen, Judith Blatter-Meunier, Antonia Ursprung, Silvia Schneider

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This report describes the feasibility and psychometric properties of the child version of the Separation Anxiety Daily Diary (SADD-C) in 125 children (ages 7- 14 years) from German-speaking areas of Switzerland. Children with separation anxiety disorder (SAD; n = 58), "other'' anxiety disorders (n = 36), and healthy controls (n = 31) recorded the frequency of parent-child separations, along with associated anxiety, thoughts, reactions and subsequent parental responses. Compliance rates were modest, consistent with past research on self-report diaries with anxious children. The SADD-C was better at discriminating children with SAD from controls than "other anxious'' children. The SADD-C demonstrated good convergent validity with maternal and child selfreported anxiety (Revised Child Manifest Anxiety Scale, Separation Anxiety Inventory) and perceived quality of life (Inventory for Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents). Results provide support for the SADD-C as an acceptable and valid method of assessing child symptoms and parent behavior on separation. Findings are discussed with regard to the clinical utility of the SADD-C and strategies to improve compliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-662
Number of pages14
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Issue number6
Early online date8 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Assessment
  • Children
  • Diaries
  • Self-monitoring
  • Separation anxiety disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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