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TitleThe baby care scale: a psychometric study with fathers during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Author(s)Pinto, Tiago Miguel
Nunes-Costa, Rui
Figueiredo, Bárbara
KeywordsBaby Care Scale
psychometric characteristics
fathers
involvement in infant care
anxiety and depressive symptoms
father-infant emotional involvement
Issue date2022
PublisherFrontiers Media
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
CitationPinto, T. M., Nunes-Costa, R., & Figueiredo, B. (2022). The Baby Care Scale: A Psychometric Study With Fathers During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. [Original Research]. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.751330
Abstract(s)The Baby Care Scale (BCS) was designed to assess the involvement of father in infant care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This study aimed to examine the psychometric characteristics of the BCS - antenatal (BCS-AN) and BCS - postnatal (BCS-PN) versions. A sample of 100 primiparous fathers completed the BCS-AN and/or the BCS-PN and self-reported the measures of anxiety and depressive symptoms and of father-infant emotional involvement during pregnancy and the postpartum period, respectively. Good internal consistency was found for both the BCS-AN and the BCS-PN. A two-factor model was found for both versions of the instrument: (1) household tasks and (2) infant care tasks. The BCS-AN and BCS-PN subscales revealed good internal consistency. Higher scores on the BCS-AN predicted higher scores on the BCS-PN. Significant associations were found among the BCS (BCS-AN and BCS-PN), depressive and anxiety symptoms, and father-infant emotional involvement, revealing good criterion validity. This study suggested that both the BCS-AN and the BCS-PN are reliable multidimensional self-report measures that assess the involvement of father in infant care during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/77357
DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2021.751330
ISSN1664-1078
Publisher versionhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.751330/full
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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