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Fear of childbirth measurement : appraisal of the content overlap of four instruments


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Martin, Colin ; Jones, Catriona ; Marshall, Claire A. ; Huang, Chao ; Reeve, Joanne ; Fleming, Mick P. ; König, Julia ; Jomeen, Julie:
Fear of childbirth measurement : appraisal of the content overlap of four instruments.
In: Journal of reproductive and infant psychology. (22. Dezember 2020).
ISSN 0264-6838 ; 1469-672x


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Objective: To evaluate empirically the degree of content overlap between four self-report measures of fear of childbirth (FoC) identified as ‘best in class’ by a recent review.
Background: FoC and tokophobia is an area of increasing clinical concern and has been linked to poor maternal and neonatal outcomes. Clinical pathways have been established to improve care and interventions for FoC however, ambiguity and inconsistency remain regarding the most appropriate assessment measures.
Method: A multi-rater and consensus content analysis was undertaken to determine the degree of overlap between four ‘best in class’ measures of FoC/tokophobia.
Results: The Slade-Pais expectations of childbirth scale (SPECS) was found to be the preferred measure in terms of symptom overlap of the tools evaluated, however, the overall level of overlap among these measures was weak.
Conclusion: Limitations inherent to the current battery of preferred measures of FoC suggests both the desirability and urgency to develop a theoretically-grounded, psychometrically robust and accurate FoC assessment measure. Current measures of FoC are not interchangeable.

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Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Psychologie > Lehrstuhl für Klinische und Biologische Psychologie
DOI / URN / ID:10.1080/02646838.2020.1861226
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Ja
Verlag:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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