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

Hollins Martin, Caroline J and Martin, Colin R. (2014) Development and psychometric properties of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). Midwifery, 30 (6). pp. 610-619. ISSN 1532-3099

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Abstract

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 & 14 items per factor). Findings: Post data analysis the BSS was reconfigured into the 10 item BSSRevised (BSS-R) comprised of 3 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 (3, 3 & 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 multi-dimensional psychometric 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
Keywords: Birth Satisfaction Scale (BSS), Labour, Midwifery, Validation
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 12:32
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 11:22
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9522

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