Measurement and structural invariance of the US version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) in a large sample

Martin, Colin R., Hollins Martin, Caroline J., Burduli, Ekaterina, Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, Donovan-Batson, Colleen and Fleming, Susan E. (2016) Measurement and structural invariance of the US version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) in a large sample. Women and Birth, 30 (4). e172-e178. ISSN 18715192

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Background - The 10-item Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is being increasingly used internationally. The use of the measure and the concept has gathered traction in the United States following the development of a US version of the tool. A limitation of previous studies of the measurement characteristics of the BSS-R is modest sample size. Unplanned pregnancy is recognised as being associated with a range of negative birth outcomes, but the relationship to birth satisfaction has received little attention, despite the importance of birth satisfaction to a range of postnatal outcomes. Aim - The current investigation sought to evaluate the measurement characteristics of the BSS-R in a large postpartum sample. Methods - Multiple Groups Confirmatory Factor Analysis (MGCFA) was used to evaluate a series of measurement and structural models of the BSS-R to evaluate fundamental invariance characteristics using planned/unplanned pregnancy status to differentiate groups. Findings - Complete data from N = 2116 women revealed that the US version of the BSS-R offers an excellent fit to data and demonstrates full measurement and structural invariance. Little difference was observed between women on the basis of planned/unplanned pregnancy stratification on measures of birth satisfaction. Discussion - The established relationship between unplanned pregnancy and negative perinatal outcomes was not found to extend to birth satisfaction in the current study. The BSS-R demonstrated exemplary measurement and structural invariance characteristics. Conclusion - The current study strongly supports the use of the US version of the BSS-R to compare birth satisfaction across different groups of women with theoretical and measurement confidence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R), Childbearing women, United States translation, Measurement invariance, Measurement equivalence
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 14:07
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 13:30

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