AN INVESTIGATION OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS (WORRY) IN IRANIAN CHILDREN
 
Sahebi, A., Mirabdollahi, E. S., Ferdowsi University and Mazaheri, M. A., Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
 
Worry in non-clinical sample of Iranian children aged 8-12 years (N=500) was examined. Subjects completed Farsi version of the Worry Scale (Worry Scale, Perrin, Last; 1997), which is a 31-item self-report measure of worrisome thoughts. The results revealed that nearly 65% of children reported that they worried every now and then. The content of the worries predominately pertained to school performance, social contact and parent's health. The results showed that worry in children was predominately self- referent. Conclusion: Worry seems to be a common phenomenon in normal children aged 8-12 years. No sex and age differences were found on experiencing of worrisome thoughts. Key words: Worry. Children. Negative thoughts. Worrisome thoughts.