- Validation of the Dutch version of the Pregnancy Experience Scale
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- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
The Pregnancy Experience Scale - Brief version (PES-Brief) assesses the frequency and intensity of the hassles and uplifts of pregnancy. This study aimed to assess the psychometric properties of the Dutch PES-Brief-Beleving van Zwangerschap Schaal - verkorte versie (BZS-K)-in a sample of healthy Dutch pregnant women. Participants (n=115) completed questionnaires twice during pregnancy, within a three-week interval. Factor analyses resulted in the expected two factors, one positive and one negative. The BZS-K showed sufficient internal consistency (α=.76 for Hassles, .83 for Uplifts) and reproducibility of subscales (Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC)=.72-.84). Concurrent validity with measures of pregnancy anxiety, general depression, anxiety and stress, and emotional well-being was established. We conclude that the BZS-K is a reliable, valid measure for assessment of women's perceptions of hassles and uplifts of pregnancy.
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