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The current study sought to establish the psychometric properties of the Cambridge Worry Scale (CWS) in early pregnancy to determine the potential clinical usefulness of the sub-scales that comprise this measure. The CWS was administered to 129 women during early pregnancy at the antenatal booking clinic. Factor analysis revealed support for the socio-medical, health, socio-economic and relationships subscale domains. The CWS sub-scales were observed to assess dimensions distinct to those of anxiety and depression. In summary, the CWS is a valid and reliable measure of distinct domains of pregnancy-related worry.


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Julie Jomeen and Colin R. Martin

Department of Health Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR, China.

Send correspondence to: Professor Colin R. Martin, Faculty of Medicine, The Nethersole School of Nursing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2609 8172. Fax: 4852 2603 5269. E-mail:

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