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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.121, No.6, p.415–421,2020

Title: Validation of the Slovak version of the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire (W-DEQ), version A
Author: L. Pitel, P. Psenkova, C. C.G. Jones, J. Zahumensky

Abstract: AIM: This study aimed to assess the psychometric characteristics of the Slovak translation of the version A of Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire (SW-DEQ) among healthy Slovak pregnant women.
METHOD: Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) of the SW-DEQ was performed. Several coefficients of internal consistency were employed for the whole scale as well as for separate factors. Concurrent/convergent validity was assessed by correlation analysis of the overall SW-DEQ score with State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Eysenck Personality Inventory – subscales Neuroticism and Extraversion, as well as with adjusted versions of Beck Depression Inventory and Internal-External Locus of Control Scale. EFA yielded seven factors: ‘lack of composure’, ‘negative appraisal’, ‘lack of self-efficacy’, ‘lack of positive anticipation’, ‘fear and hopelessness’, ‘loneliness’, and ‘concern for the child’.
RESULTS: The Cronbach’s α of the whole scale was .93, while for the separate factors, it ranged between .68 and .87. The sum score of SW-DEQ correlated weakest with extraversion (in nulliparous women) and locus of control (in multiparous women), and strongest with trait anxiety (in both groups).
CONCLUSIONS: The Slovak version could be considered a valid and reliable measure of fear of childbirth among pregnant Slovak women. However, the dimensional structure of the measure warrants further confirmation (Tab. 7, Ref. 33).

Keywords: fear of childbirth, translation, validity, reliability, pregnancy, anxiety
Published online: 31-May-2020
Year: 2020, Volume: 121, Issue: 6 Page From: 415, Page To: 421

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