The present study aimed to determine which anxiety symptoms in children are associated with teacher awareness and whether teacher awareness differs according to student age and gender. The Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) was completed by 453 second through fifth grade students and teachers nominated the three most anxious students in their classrooms. A multivariate analysis of variance was conducted with MASC scale scores as the dependent variables. Children identified by teachers as anxious had significantly higher levels of overall anxiety, physiological anxiety, social anxiety, and separation anxiety. Overall, teacher awareness did not differ based on student age or gender.
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Acknowledgments This research was supported by awards from the National Institute of Mental Health (R21 MH 65369), the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, and the Minnesota Medical Foundation to Dr. Bernstein. The authors would like to thank Sarah M. Evans, B.A., Lara P. Nelson, M.D., and Dana M. Tennison, M.A. for their help in the administration of the screening instruments. The authors express appreciation to the schools, teachers, and students who participated in this study.