Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 826–834 | Cite as

Separation Anxiety Assessment Scale—Parent Version: Spanish Validation (SAAS-P: Spanish Validation)

  • Aurora OrenesEmail author
  • José M. García-Fernández
  • Xavier Méndez
Original Article


The objective of this research is to validate the Spanish adaptation of the Separation Anxiety Assessment Scale—Parent Version (SAAS-P). We conducted two studies with parents of schoolchildren aged 8–11 years: (1) exploratory factor analysis: 910 parents completed the Spanish version of the SAAS-P; (2) confirmatory factor analysis, reliability, and discriminant validity: 4127 parents completed the SAAS-P and 392 children were interviewed using the ADIS-IV. We identified four factors which explained 51.56% of the variance and these were confirmed by factor analysis. The internal consistency (α = 0.84) and the temporal stability (r = .75) of the four key symptom dimensions were good. The sensitivity of the scale was 90%, and its specificity, 82%. The additional subscales correlated closely with the four key symptom dimensions (r > .70), and predicted 81% and 57% of the cases with high symptom levels of separation anxiety. The results support the validity, reliability and clinical utility of the Spanish adaptation of the SAAS-P.


Separation anxiety Childhood Assessment Parents Scale Inventory Questionnaire 



This research was supported by a grant from the Spanish National Plan for Research, Development and Technological Innovation (EDU2008-05060), awarded to Xavier Méndez, and the FPU program of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, awarded to Aurora Orenes.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento Psiquiatría y Psicología SocialUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y DidácticaUniversity of AlicanteAlicanteSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Personalidad. Evaluación y Tratamiento PsicológicosUniversity of MurciaMurciaSpain

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