Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults age 18+ who did not experience a period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious for 1+ months during the past year (WOR1MO) or whose answer to WOR1MO was "unknown," WORMORE reports responses to the question, "People differ a lot in how much they worry about things. Did you have a time in the past 12 months when you worried a lot more than most people would in your situation?"
Related Variables on Screening Generalized Anxiety Disorder
WORMORE was part of a series of mental health questions constituting the NHIS version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview - Short Form (CIDI-SF) screening scale for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
According to the Field Representative's Manual for 1999, this set of GAD questions was included "to determine if the Sample Adult has had or still has a period lasting one month or longer when most of the time they felt worried, tense, or anxious in the past 12 months and, if so, how much they worry, if this worry has ended or is still going on and how long, how long it has affected them, how they dealt with these problems, and how much these problems interfered with their life or activities."
WORMORE and WOR1MO comprised a first set of screening questions used to determine whether respondents were asked additional questions about their period of feeling of worried, tense, or anxious or worrying more than most people.
Respondents who answered "Yes" to either WOR1MO or WORMORE received a second set of screening questions related to the duration of the past or on-going period of feeling worried, tense, or anxious, or worrying more than most people (WORSTILL, WORTP, WORNO, WORAGOTP, WORAGONO, WOR6MO).
Respondents who passed the second set of screening questions by reporting that they had a period of feeling worried, tense or anxious or worrying more than most people that lasted for at least six months were asked a series of questions about symptoms of GAD. Respondents who reported experiencing at least one physiological symptom of GAD were also asked a series of supplemental questions that inquired about their contact with a medical doctor or other health professional, about their use of medication, drugs, or alcohol, and about how their worry interfered with daily functioning.
The GAD questions contained in the NHIS version of the CIDI-SF can be used to calculate the probability of psychiatric caseness for GAD.
For more information on all the variables associated with the NHIS CIDI-SF screening scale on GAD, and for instructions on how to calculate generalized anxiety disorder scores, see WOR1MO.
- 1999: Sample adults age 18+ who did NOT feel worried, tense, or anxious for 1+ months during the past 12 months OR whose feelings of being worried, tense, or anxious were unknown.
- 1999 : SAMPWEIGHT