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Volume 2016, Article ID 5791560, 10 pages
Research Article

Worries of Pregnant Women: Testing the Farsi Cambridge Worry Scale

1Reproductive Health, Education Development Center, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar 9613873136, Iran
2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar 9613873136, Iran
3School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada H3H 2A2

Received 6 December 2015; Revised 15 April 2016; Accepted 26 April 2016

Academic Editor: Daniel Y. T. Fong

Copyright © 2016 Forough Mortazavi and Arash Akaberi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pregnancy adds many sources of concerns to women’s daily life worries. Excessive worry can affect maternal physiological and psychological state that influences the pregnancy outcomes. The aim of this study was to validate the Cambridge Worry Scale (CWS) in a sample of Iranian pregnant women. After translation of the CWS, ten experts evaluated the items and added six items to the 17-item scale. In a descriptive cross-sectional study, 405 of pregnant women booked for prenatal care completed the Farsi CWS. We split the sample randomly. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted on the first half of the sample to disclose the factorial structure of the 23-item scale. The results of the EFA on the Farsi CWS indicated four factors altogether explained 51.5% of variances. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was done on the second half of the sample. The results of the CFA showed that the model fit our data (chi-square/df = 2.02, RMSEA = 0.071, SRMR = 0.071, CFI = 0.95, and NNFI = 0.94). Cronbach’s alpha coefficient for the Farsi CWS was 0.883. The Farsi CWS is a reliable and valid instrument for understanding common pregnancy worries in the third trimester of pregnancy in Iranian women.