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Validation of the Hebrew Birth Satisfaction Scale – Revised (BSS-R) and its relationship to perceived traumatic labour

Skvirsky, Vera; Taubman–Ben-Ari, Orit; Hollins Martin, Caroline J.; Martin, Colin R.


Vera Skvirsky

Orit Taubman–Ben-Ari

Caroline J. Hollins Martin

Colin R. Martin


Objective and background: The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is a multi-dimensional measure which is recommended by international clinical guidelines for global use as the birth satisfaction outcome measure of choice. The current investigation sought to develop a Hebrew version of the BSS-R for use in the Jewish–Israeli context and examine the relationship between BSS-R domains and the perception of the experience of labour as traumatic.

Methods: Following review, translation, and back-translation for linguistic equivalence, a Hebrew version of the BSS-R (H-BSS-R) was prepared and psychometrically evaluated using key indices of validity and reliability. Complete multivariate normal data from 288 first-time Jewish Israeli mothers within two years after childbirth was entered into the analysis.

Results: The H-BSS-R was found to have a good fit to the BSS-R tridimensional measurement model, excellent internal consistency, divergent and known-group discriminant validity. Moreover, women who experienced their labour as traumatic had significantly lower H-BSS-R subscale scores than women who reported that their birth experience was non-traumatic.

Conclusion: The H-BSS-R is a robust and valid measure suitable for use with Jewish–Israeli women, as well as for investigating the relationship between traumatic labour and birth satisfaction.


Skvirsky, V., Taubman–Ben-Ari, O., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Martin, C. R. (in press). Validation of the Hebrew Birth Satisfaction Scale – Revised (BSS-R) and its relationship to perceived traumatic labour. Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, 1-7.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 18, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 13, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 14, 2020
Journal Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Print ISSN 0264-6838
Electronic ISSN 1469-672X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-7
Keywords Birth Satisfaction Scale – Revised (BSS-R); Birth trauma; Israel; Hebrew; Validation
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of reproductive and infant psychology on 13/04/2019, available online:


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