Validation of the Hebrew Birth Satisfaction Scale–Revised (BSS-R) and its relationship to perceived traumatic labour

Vera Skvirsky, Orit Taubman–Ben-Ari, Caroline J. Hollins Martin, Colin R. Martin

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Objective and background: The Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) is a multi-dimensional measure which is recommended by international clinical guidelines for global use as the birth satisfaction outcome measure of choice. The current investigation sought to develop a Hebrew version of the BSS-R for use in the Jewish–Israeli context and examine the relationship between BSS-R domains and the perception of the experience of labour as traumatic. Methods: Following review, translation, and back-translation for linguistic equivalence, a Hebrew version of the BSS-R (H-BSS-R) was prepared and psychometrically evaluated using key indices of validity and reliability. Complete multivariate normal data from 288 first-time Jewish Israeli mothers within two years after childbirth was entered into the analysis. Results: The H-BSS-R was found to have a good fit to the BSS-R tridimensional measurement model, excellent internal consistency, divergent and known-group discriminant validity. Moreover, women who experienced their labour as traumatic had significantly lower H-BSS-R subscale scores than women who reported that their birth experience was non-traumatic. Conclusion: The H-BSS-R is a robust and valid measure suitable for use with Jewish–Israeli women, as well as for investigating the relationship between traumatic labour and birth satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-220
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2020

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  • Birth Satisfaction Scale–Revised (BSS-R)
  • Hebrew
  • Israel
  • birth trauma
  • validation


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