Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 13–26 | Cite as

Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents and School Anxiety Inventory: Psychometric properties in French adolescents

  • Beatriz Delgado
  • José M. García-Fernández
  • María C. Martínez-MonteagudoEmail author
  • Cándido J. Inglés
  • Juan C. Marzo
  • Annette M. La Greca
  • Mandarine Hugon
Original Article


School and social anxiety are common problems and have a significant impact on youths’ development. Nevertheless, the questionnaires to assess these anxious symptoms in French adolescents have limitations. The aim of this study is to provide a French version of the Social Anxiety Scale for Adolescents (SAS-A) and the School Anxiety Inventory (SAI), analysing their psychometric properties by the factor structure, internal consistency, and convergent validity. The SAS-A and the SAI were collectively administered in a sample of 1011 French adolescents (48.5% boys) ranging in age from 11 to 18 years. Confirmatory factor analyses replicated the previously identified correlated three-factor structure of the SAS-A and the correlated four-factor structure of the SAI. Acceptable internal consistency indexes were found for SAS-A and SAI scores. Correlations supported the convergent validity of the questionnaires’ subscales. Overall, results supported the internal consistency and validity of the French versions of the SAS-A and SAI.


Social anxiety School anxiety Self-report France Adolescence 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatriz Delgado
    • 1
  • José M. García-Fernández
    • 1
  • María C. Martínez-Monteagudo
    • 1
    • 5
    Email author
  • Cándido J. Inglés
    • 2
  • Juan C. Marzo
    • 2
  • Annette M. La Greca
    • 3
  • Mandarine Hugon
    • 4
  1. 1.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.Miguel Hernandez University of ElcheElcheSpain
  3. 3.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  4. 4.University of ToulouseToulouseFrance
  5. 5.Department of Developmental Psychology and DidacticsUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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