Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R)

Grundström, Hanna, Hollins Martin, Caroline, J., Malmquist, Anna, Nieminen, Katri and Martin, Colin (2023) Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R). Midwifery, 124.

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Optimizing women's childbirth experience is essential for development of quality mother infant relationships. The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) can be used to measure birth satisfaction.

The current investigation sought to translate and validate a Swedish version of the BSS-R.

Following translation, a comprehensive psychometric validation of the Swedish-BSS-R (SW-BSS-R) was carried out using a multi-model, cross-sectional, between- and within-subjects design.

A total of 619 Swedish-speaking women participated, from which 591 completed SW-BSS-R and were eligible for analysis.

Data analysis
Discriminant, convergent, divergent and predictive validity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and factor structure were evaluated.

The SW-BSS-R was found to have excellent psychometric properties and hence is a valid translation of the original UK(English)-BSS-R. Important insights into relationships between mode of birth, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and postnatal depression (PND) were observed.

Conclusions and implications for practice
The SW-BSS-R is a psychometrically valid translation of the original BSS-R and is suitable for use in a Swedish-speaking population of women. The study has also highlighted important dynamics between birth satisfaction and areas of significant clinical concern (i.e., mode of birth, PTSD and PND) in Sweden.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birth satisfaction, Birth experience, Scales, Psychometrics
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Other Departments (Central units) > Research & Enterprise
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2023 12:45
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2023 12:45

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