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Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Nov;44(8):1439-46. Epub 2006 Sep 18.

The reliability and validity of the Polish version of the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form: translation and psychometric assessment.

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Institute of Psychology, University of Lodz, Poland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The majority of women discontinue breastfeeding before the recommended 6 months postpartum. If health professionals are to improve low breastfeeding duration and exclusivity rates, they need to reliably assess high-risk women and identify predisposing factors that are amenable to intervention. One possible modifiable variable is breastfeeding confidence. The Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale Short Form (BSES-SF) is a 14-item measure designed to assess a mother's confidence in her ability to breastfeed her baby.

OBJECTIVES:

To translate the BSES-SF into Polish and assess its psychometric properties among breastfeeding mothers.

DESIGN:

Methodological study.

SETTING:

Five hospitals in Lodz Poland.

PARTICIPANTS:

Using convenience sampling, 105 in-hospital breastfeeding mothers were recruited.

METHODS:

Following back-translation procedures, mothers completed questionnaires in-hospital and at 8 and 16 weeks postpartum.

RESULTS:

The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for internal consistency was 0.89. In-hospital BSES-SF scores significantly predicted breastfeeding duration and exclusivity at 8 and 16 weeks postpartum. Demographic response patterns suggested the BSES-SF is a unique tool to identify breastfeeding mothers at risk of prematurely discontinuing.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides evidence that the translated version of the BSES-SF may be a valid and reliable measure of breastfeeding self-efficacy among a sample of mothers in Lodz Poland.

PMID:
16982056
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2006.08.001
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