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

Ratislavov�, Kate?ina; Hendrych Lorenzov�, Eva; Hollins Martin, Caroline J.; Martin, Colin R.


Kate?ina Ratislavov�

Eva Hendrych Lorenzov�

Colin R. Martin


Satisfaction with the birth experience has been established to be critical for the wellbeing of the mother. The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is a brief and psychometrically robust multi-dimensional self-report tool designed to assess birth experience. The current investigation sought to translate and validate a Czech Republic version of the BSS-R (CZ-BSS-R).

Following translation psychometric assessment of the CZ-BSS-R was undertaken using a cross-sectional design. A between-subjects design was incorporated in order to evaluate known-groups validity evaluation of the translated measure. Four hundred and sixty-five Czech-speaking women within the Czech Republic took part in the study. Confirmatory factor analysis was undertaken and divergent and convergent validity and internal consistency characteristics also evaluated.

The CZ-BSS-R was observed to have excellent psychometric properties and conceptually and measurement faithful to the original English-language measure. Consistent with previous investigations using the BSS-R significant differences were found in scores as a function of delivery type.

The CZ-BSS-R is a valid, robust and reliable measure of birth experience and suitable for use with Czech-speaking women in the Czech Republic. The study highlighted that instrument and emergency Caesarean section were associated with a lower level of birth satisfaction compared to vaginal delivery.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 12, 2022
Online Publication Date May 9, 2022
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date May 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 9, 2022
Journal Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Print ISSN 0264-6838
Electronic ISSN 1469-672X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 78-94
Keywords Birth satisfaction, birth experience, scales, psychometrics
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