Document Type : Original Article


School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan (Isfahan) Branch, Isfahan, Iran


Background: Anxiety is one of the most common psychological issues among all age groups
including children. The main role of parents has been known to support their children. Being far
away from a source of support has been shown to be a potential trigger for childhood anxiety.
Periodical jobs, including offshore work, are among the main reasons for absence of one of
the parents. Therefore, this study aims to assess anxiety in children of National Iranian Drilling
Company offshore staff. Materials and Methods: In this historical cohort study, 160 students
including 80 boys and 80 girls were selected through convenient random sampling from the
schools of National Iranian Drilling Company. Data were collected using Revised Children’s
Manifest Anxiety Inventory (by Reynolds and Richmond), consisting 37 items and a demographic
questionnaire. The collected data were statistically analyzed by t-test and logistic regression
tests through SPSS software. Results: The mean anxiety score was 12.80 among offshore staff’s
children and 11.67 among the children of the based staff. The ratio of manifest anxiety among
the offshore workers’ children was significantly more than the based ones’. Conclusions: Based
on the findings, offshore fathers’ job affects the anxiety of the children.


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