Fear of childbirth measurement: Appraisal of the content overlap of four instruments
Martin, Colin; Jones, Catriona; Marshall, Claire; Huang, Chao; Reeve, Joanne; Fleming, Mick; König, Julia; Jomeen, Julie
Dr Catriona Jones C.Jones@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer: Maternal Mental Health
Dr Chao Huang C.Huang@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Statistics
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.
Martin, C., Jones, C., Marshall, C., Huang, C., Reeve, J., Fleming, M., …Jomeen, J. (in press). Fear of childbirth measurement: Appraisal of the content overlap of four instruments. Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2020.1861226
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Nov 29, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Dec 22, 2020|
|Deposit Date||Nov 30, 2020|
|Publicly Available Date||Dec 23, 2021|
|Journal||Journal of reproductive and infant psychology|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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