The pregnancy experience scale-brief version

Janet Ann DiPietro, Anna L. Christensen, Kathleen A. Costigan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The role of maternal stress during pregnancy remains a focus of academic and clinical inquiry, yet there are few instruments available that measure pregnancy-specific contributors to maternal psychological state. This report examines the psychometric properties of an abbreviated version of the Pregnancy Experience Scale (PES) designed to evaluate maternal appraisal of positive and negative stressors during pregnancy. The PES-Brief consists of the top 10 items endorsed as pregnancy hassles and 10 pregnancy uplifts from the original scale. The PES-Brief was administered to 112 women with low risk, singleton pregnancies five times between 24 and 38 weeks gestation. Scoring includes frequency and intensity measures for hassles and uplifts, as well as composite measures for the relation between the two. Internal reliability, test-retest reliability and convergent validity were comparable with the original version. The PES-Brief provides an economical source of information on stress appraisal and emotional valence towards pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Fingerprint

Pregnancy
Mothers
Reproducibility of Results
Psychological Stress
Psychometrics
Psychology

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Hassles
  • Pregnancy stress
  • Questionnaire
  • Uplifts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology

Cite this

The pregnancy experience scale-brief version. / DiPietro, Janet Ann; Christensen, Anna L.; Costigan, Kathleen A.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2008, p. 262-267.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

DiPietro, Janet Ann ; Christensen, Anna L. ; Costigan, Kathleen A. / The pregnancy experience scale-brief version. In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2008 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 262-267.
@article{850c0f09a3e8423ebfc1a53d83a1f48c,
title = "The pregnancy experience scale-brief version",
abstract = "The role of maternal stress during pregnancy remains a focus of academic and clinical inquiry, yet there are few instruments available that measure pregnancy-specific contributors to maternal psychological state. This report examines the psychometric properties of an abbreviated version of the Pregnancy Experience Scale (PES) designed to evaluate maternal appraisal of positive and negative stressors during pregnancy. The PES-Brief consists of the top 10 items endorsed as pregnancy hassles and 10 pregnancy uplifts from the original scale. The PES-Brief was administered to 112 women with low risk, singleton pregnancies five times between 24 and 38 weeks gestation. Scoring includes frequency and intensity measures for hassles and uplifts, as well as composite measures for the relation between the two. Internal reliability, test-retest reliability and convergent validity were comparable with the original version. The PES-Brief provides an economical source of information on stress appraisal and emotional valence towards pregnancy.",
keywords = "Anxiety, Hassles, Pregnancy stress, Questionnaire, Uplifts",
author = "DiPietro, {Janet Ann} and Christensen, {Anna L.} and Costigan, {Kathleen A.}",
year = "2008",
doi = "10.1080/01674820802546220",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "29",
pages = "262--267",
journal = "Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology",
issn = "0167-482X",
publisher = "Informa Healthcare",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The pregnancy experience scale-brief version

AU - DiPietro, Janet Ann

AU - Christensen, Anna L.

AU - Costigan, Kathleen A.

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - The role of maternal stress during pregnancy remains a focus of academic and clinical inquiry, yet there are few instruments available that measure pregnancy-specific contributors to maternal psychological state. This report examines the psychometric properties of an abbreviated version of the Pregnancy Experience Scale (PES) designed to evaluate maternal appraisal of positive and negative stressors during pregnancy. The PES-Brief consists of the top 10 items endorsed as pregnancy hassles and 10 pregnancy uplifts from the original scale. The PES-Brief was administered to 112 women with low risk, singleton pregnancies five times between 24 and 38 weeks gestation. Scoring includes frequency and intensity measures for hassles and uplifts, as well as composite measures for the relation between the two. Internal reliability, test-retest reliability and convergent validity were comparable with the original version. The PES-Brief provides an economical source of information on stress appraisal and emotional valence towards pregnancy.

AB - The role of maternal stress during pregnancy remains a focus of academic and clinical inquiry, yet there are few instruments available that measure pregnancy-specific contributors to maternal psychological state. This report examines the psychometric properties of an abbreviated version of the Pregnancy Experience Scale (PES) designed to evaluate maternal appraisal of positive and negative stressors during pregnancy. The PES-Brief consists of the top 10 items endorsed as pregnancy hassles and 10 pregnancy uplifts from the original scale. The PES-Brief was administered to 112 women with low risk, singleton pregnancies five times between 24 and 38 weeks gestation. Scoring includes frequency and intensity measures for hassles and uplifts, as well as composite measures for the relation between the two. Internal reliability, test-retest reliability and convergent validity were comparable with the original version. The PES-Brief provides an economical source of information on stress appraisal and emotional valence towards pregnancy.

KW - Anxiety

KW - Hassles

KW - Pregnancy stress

KW - Questionnaire

KW - Uplifts

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=57449121658&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=57449121658&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/01674820802546220

DO - 10.1080/01674820802546220

M3 - Article

C2 - 19065395

AN - SCOPUS:57449121658

VL - 29

SP - 262

EP - 267

JO - Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

JF - Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

SN - 0167-482X

IS - 4

ER -