Development and psychometric testing of the prenatal breast-feeding self-efficacy scale.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Wells, Kristen J; Thompson, Nancy J; Kloeblen-Tarver, Amy S
Year of Publication: 2006
Journal: Am J Health Behav
Volume: 30
Issue: 2
Pagination: 177-87
Date Published: 2006 Mar-Apr
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1087-3244
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Breast Feeding, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Perinatology, Pregnancy, Psychometrics, Self Efficacy, Surveys and Questionnaires

OBJECTIVE: To develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of a scale measuring prenatal breast-feeding self-efficacy.

METHODS: A 20-item scale was administered to a sample of 279 low-income pregnant women.

RESULTS: Results from this study provide evidence for internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = .89) and validity of this measure of prenatal breast-feeding self-efficacy in this population. A factor analysis of the scale indicated 4 themes. The instrument distinguished between women who intended to breast-feed and those who intended to formula feed.

CONCLUSION: A valid and reliable scale measuring self-efficacy for breast-feeding during pregnancy may help health care providers design interventions to increase breast-feeding rates.

DOI: 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.2.177
Alternate Journal: Am J Health Behav
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