Development and validation of the Australian version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

Jefford, Elaine, Hollins Martin, Caroline J. and Martin, Colin R. (2018) Development and validation of the Australian version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36 (1). pp. 42-58. ISSN 0264-6838

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Objective and background: The 10-item Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) has recently been endorsed by international expert consensus for global use as the birth satisfaction outcome measure of choice. English-language versions of the tool include validated UK and US versions, however the instrument has not to date, been contextualised and validated in an Australian English-language version. The current investigation sought to develop and validate an English-language version of the tool for use within the Australian context. Methods: A two-stage study. Following review and modification by expert panel, the Australian BSS-R (A-BSS-R) was (Stage 1.) evaluated for factor structure, internal consistency, known-groups discriminant validity and divergent validity. Stage 2. directly compared the A-BSS-R dataset with the original UK dataset to determine the invariance characteristics of the new instrument. Participants were a purposive sample of Australian postnatal women (n=198). Results: The A-BSS-R offered a good fit to data consistent with the BSS-R tri-dimensional measurement model and was found to be conceptually and measurement equivalent to the UK version. The A-BSS-R demonstrated excellent known-groups discriminant validity, generally good divergent validity and overall good internal consistency. Conclusion: The A-BSS-R represents a robust and valid measure of the birth satisfaction concept suitable for use within Australia and appropriate for application to International comparative studies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R), Australian, validation, maternity care, measurement invariance, midwives, obstetricians
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 12:55

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