Wootton, BM and Davis, E and Moses, K and Moody, A and Maguire, P, The development and initial validation of the Tokophobia Severity Scale, Clinical Psychologist, 24 pp. 267-275. ISSN 1328-4207 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: Severe fear of childbirth (tokophobia; TP) is an understudied and under-recognised phenomenon that has significant implications for maternal mental health during pregnancy, labour and delivery. The few existing measures of TP are limited by lengthy formats, difficulty scoring and a narrow definition of the TP construct. Method: The current study examined the psychometric properties of a newly developed self-report scale, the Tokophobia Severity Scale (TSS), in a sample of 122 female participants.
Results: The final measure consisted of 13 items. The scale demonstrated a unidimensional structure and items demonstrated excellent internal consistency (α = .93) and adequate convergent validity with the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire-Version A.
Conclusions: The findings provide preliminary evidence to suggest that the TSS is a brief, valid and reliable measure that may be used in the future to identify women with TP who may benefit from psychological and supportive interventions prior to delivery.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||assessment, fear of childbirth, severity, Tokophobia|
|Research Group:||Clinical and health psychology|
|Research Field:||Health psychology|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding knowledge in psychology|
|UTAS Author:||Wootton, BM (Dr Bethany Wootton)|
|UTAS Author:||Moody, A (Dr Amanda Moody)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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