Hollins-Martin, CJ, Snowden, A and Martin, C R 2012, 'Concurrent analysis: Validation of the domains within the birth satisfaction scale' , Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 30 (3) , pp. 247-260.
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Background and aim: Measuring women’s satisfaction with their birth experience has been problematic. Recently, an attempt has been made to capture birth satisfaction’s generalised meaning and incorporate it into an evidenced-based tool. Standard procedures for validation have limitations. Qualitative techniques such as domain analysis offer an alternative and assist in better understanding the importance of each item. This article examines the parsimony of the Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS), which is a 30-item questionnaire designed to measure satisfaction with childbirth, with women’s actual experience of childbirth. Methods: Primary free text data collected from 207 women who originally tested the BSS was concurrently analysed with first-hand accounts of birth satisfaction collected from 19 qualitative papers. Results: The domain analysis confirmed three explanatory items within the BSS: ‘being in control’, ‘things going as planned’, and ‘being supported’. Conclusions: The BSS accounts for all the analysed data, suggesting it is a robust measure of satisfaction in childbirth. Strengths and limitations of the method are discussed, as are implications for practice. With further development, the instrument could be used to establish correlates with other psychometric measures, i.e. self-efficacy, anxiety, depression, locus of control and bonding; and evaluate models or care systems as a standalone instrument, or as a screening test prior to detailed qualitative work.
|Themes:||Health and Wellbeing|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology|
|ISSN:||ISSN 0264-6838 print/ISSN 1469-672X online|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||CJ Hollins-Martin|
|Date Deposited:||15 Feb 2013 11:44|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:44|
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