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Psychometric evaluation of the Perinatal Illness Perceptions Scale (PIPS)

Jomeen, Julie; Martin, Colin Robert; Jarrett, Patricia Mary


Julie Jomeen

Colin Robert Martin

Patricia Mary Jarrett


Purpose: Perinatal mental health (PMH), is acknowledged as a significant public health issue associated with significant personal, family, social and economic burden. Research demonstrates that healthcare practitioners lack knowledge and confidence in this area but there is likely to be a complexity of factors that may influence practitioner behaviours, including negative attitudes toward people with mental health and inaccurate illness perceptions. This study sought to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Perinatal Illness Perceptions scale (PIPS), a conceptual derivation of the Illness Perception Questionnaire -Revised
Design: A cross-sectional and exploratory instrument development design, using exploratory factor analysis was employed.
Findings: The scale demonstrated good psychometric properties revealing 3 sub-scales; Causes, Consequences (Mother); Consequences (Baby)
Originality: Our findings implicate the PIPS as the first robust psychometric measure, which can be used to in the assessment of practitioner knowledge of the causes and consequences of PMH. The PIPS could offer the opportunity to assess these domains within both educational and training context and identify practitioner attitudes which may affect clinical decision making and referral decisions.


Jomeen, J., Martin, C. R., & Jarrett, P. M. (2019). Psychometric evaluation of the Perinatal Illness Perceptions Scale (PIPS). Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(2), 74-85.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 19, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 3, 2019
Journal The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Print ISSN 1755-6228
Electronic ISSN 2042-8707
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 74-85
Keywords Health Policy; Phychiatric Mental Health; Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Education; Health(social science); Psychiatry and Mental health
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