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.
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- Health Professions(all)