Background and aims The study was aimed at searching the level of anxiety among mothers with sick children, without chronic illness in an outpatient setting by using Beck anxiety inventory (BAI) and short-health anxiety inventory (HAI) test.
Methods Mothers who brought their ill children to pediatry unit with acute complains were enrolled in the study as trial group. Mothers with children who had no illness were included in the control group drawn from out-of-hospital setting. All subjects took HAI and BAI tests. Results were analysed using SPSS programe.
Results Hundred and twelve trial subjects with average age of 32 ± 8 years old and 97 control subjects with average age of 31 ± 7 years old were included in the study. There wasn’t any statistically significance found between groups in respect to age (p = 0.483) but average scores of both HAI and BAI of trial groups were significantly higher than those of control group (p values <0.001 and <0.005 respectively) (Table 1).
Conclusion Mothers who brought their children to hospital with acute complaints had higher level of anxiety as well as it was observed that university-graduate subjects yielded higher HAI scores than those of high school and below graduate education.
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