How useful is the Rehearsal Scale for Children – Chinese in measuring emotional rehearsal in pre-adolescents of different ages?

Ling, Fiona, McManus, Alison M., Masters, Rich S.W. and Polman, Remco C.J. (2014) How useful is the Rehearsal Scale for Children – Chinese in measuring emotional rehearsal in pre-adolescents of different ages? Southeast Asian Psychology Journal, 2. pp. 1-19.

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Abstract

The Rehearsal Scale for Children – Chinese (RSC-C) measures thepropensity to rehearse emotionally taxing experiences in children,however, the initial development of the scale has overlooked thevalidity of the scale for pre-adolescents of different ages whosecognitive development may differ considerably. Therefore, the aim ofthis study was to explore the internal validity of RSC-C for the differentage groups (aged 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12) across an age range of 6 to12years. Confirmatory factor analysis based on the original factorstructure suggested that the internal validity of the RSC-C is poor andthe scale was modified for the age groups concerned. Test-retest reliability for the modified scales was stronger for the younger age groups and moderate concurrent validity against the Chinese Trait Anxiety Scale for Children (CTAS-C) was established. No gender differences were found. The results highlight the importance of testing the validity of a psychometric instrument across different age ranges, given the potential for significant developmental differences. Thecurrent study also provided a new set of psychometrically sound RSC-C for the different age groups to promote greater understanding of the role of emotional rehearsal and psychological stress in physical and psychological well-being in young children.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rehearsal, coping, anxiety, children, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modelling
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 13:52
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:04
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40138

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