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Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Wendy K. Silverman

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

William M. Kurtines

Third Advisor's Name

Scott L. Fraser

Date of Defense



Worry is the hallmark feature of the anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Little information, however, is available on childhood worry, and when worry may lead to functional impairment. The number, frequency, intensity, and areas of worry were examined in a clinic sample of children with anxiety disorders (n=59) using a structured data gathering procedure. Findings revealed that number of worry increased with age; severity decreased with age. An interaction between age and gender was also found. No differences were found for frequency or intensity. The most common areas of worry were School, Health, and Personal Harm. A link between worry and anxiety was also established as children with Overanxious Disorder (which is characterized by excessive worry) scored higher on all worry parameters relative to children with other types of anxiety disorders. The theoretical and clinical implication of these finding are discussed.




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