Illness Worry Scale (IWS)

Robbins & Kirmayer‚ 1996
1. Do you think you are more liable to illness than other people?
2. Do you get the feeling people are not taking your illness seriously enough?
3. Do you think you worry about your health more than most people?
4. If the doctor told you that he could find nothing wrong with you would you believe him?
5. If a disease is brought to your attention (through the radio‚ television‚ newspapers or someone you know) do you worry about getting it yourself?
6. Do you think there is something seriously wrong with your body?
7. Do you often worry about the possibility that you have got a serious illness?
8. Are you more sensitive to pain than other people?
9. Are you upset by the way people take your illness?
10. Do you get sick easily?
11. Do you often think you might suddenly fall ill?
12. Is it hard for you to believe the doctor when he tells you there is nothing for you to worry about?
Yes‚ No.

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