Children’s Fear Scale
The Children’s Fear Scale was adapted from the Faces Anxiety Scale (McKinley, Coote, & Stein-Parbury, 2003) to measure fear in children undergoing painful medical procedures. The initial validation study (McMurtry, Noel, Chambers, & McGrath, 2011) with children undergoing venipuncture demonstrated construct validity (through high concurrent validity with another measure of child fear and moderate discriminant validity with child coping behaviour) as well as test-retest and interrater reliability.
*Please note that in other, earlier publications by our team, the scale was referred to as the Faces Anxiety Scale for Children.
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Initial Validation Study: McMurtry, C.M., Noel, M., Chambers, C.T., McGrath, P.J. (2011). Children’s fear during procedural pain: Preliminary investigation of the Children’s Fear Scale. Health Psychology, Advanced Access Online. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0024817
Original Faces Anxiety Scale: McKinley, S., Coote, K., & Stein-Parbury, J. S. (2003). Development and testing of a faces scale for the assessment of anxiety in critically ill patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41, 73-79. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02508.x