Nighttime Fears Scale (NFS): A new instrument for clinical assessment

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Nighttime fears are very common in the childhood stage. On many occasions they are adaptive and transitory, however, they can cause much distress in children and other emotional problems, especially anxiety. A paper published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders has presented a new standardized self-report to assess nighttime fears in children aged 8 to 12 years. A group of researchers and clinicians constructed the scale based on previous research. A total of 794 Spanish-speaking schoolchildren completed the self-report, along with other measures of anxiety, sleep problems, internalizing and externalizing problems, and positive behaviors. The instrument consists of 21 items and four factors and has good psychometric properties for clinical use. This study provides a useful tool for a quick and easy assessment of nighttime fears and their intensity. You can access the study by clicking here.

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