Development and psychometric properties of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

Hollins Martin, CJ and Martin, CR 2014, 'Development and psychometric properties of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)' , Midwifery, 30 (6) , pp. 610-619.

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Objective: to assess factor structure,validity and reliability of the Birth Satisfaction Scale(BSS)and to develop a short-form version of the tool. Design: a quantitative design focused on evaluating psychometric properties of the BSS using factor structure, internal consistency,divergent reliability and known groups validity. Setting: Ayrshire Maternity Unit community midwife bases that serve the obstetric population of Ayrshire, Scotland UK). Participants: a convenience sample of healthy women(n=228) <10 days postpartum who had delivered a term infant. Data was collected from October 2010 to January 2011. Measurement: the BSS contains 30 self report items,rated on a 5-point Likert scale that measure women's perceptions of:(1) quality of care provision, (2) women's personal attributes, and(3) stress experienced during labour (8, 8 and 14 items per factor). Findings: post data analys is the BSS was reconfigured into the 10 item BSS-Revised(BSS-R)comprised of three sub-scales that measure distinct but correlated domains of:(1) quality of care provision, (2) women's personal attributes, and (3) stress experienced during labour. These domains now consist of relatively few items (4,2 and 4 items per factor),but offer a good fit to the data. Key conclusions: the BSS-R would appear to be a robust,valid and reliable multidimensional psycho-metric instrument for measuring postnatal women's birth satisfaction. Further research to confirm the veracity of the instruments measurement properties highlighted in the current study is desirable. The BSS-R is available for use at a national/international level from the first author.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Midwifery
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0266-6138
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: CJ Hollins Martin
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 18:33

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