Obstetrical complications checklist: Description, factor analysis, and reliability

Greer L. Glazer, Ivo Abraham

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This article reports on the development, initial validation, and testing of an instrument to measure obstetrical complications associated with maternal anxiety. Ninety-nine obstetrical complications reported in the literature were rated for clinical-conceptual relevance by 39 experts. Complications with high interrater reliability were subsequently included in a factor analysis. Estimates of internal consistency reliability were obtained. Five factors with a total of 39 items were retained. Loadings ranged from .37 to .92. In order to maximize parsimony and conceptual meaningfulness, a second item reduction was performed and yielded 31 items. Coefficient a for the total instrument was .95, and ranged from .77 to .96 for the sub-scales. The development of the Glazer and Abraham Obstetrical Complications Checklist is an initial step in providing an objective, uniform expert-referenced instrument to measure obstetrical complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-316
Number of pages12
JournalHealth care for women international
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • Health Professions(all)


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