Development and psychometric testing of the Antenatal Care Scale within the context of the Theory of Planned Behaviour.

Midwifery

PubMedID: 23337692

Tasçi-Duran E, Ozkahraman S. Development and psychometric testing of the Antenatal Care Scale within the context of the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Midwifery. 2013;29(9):1035-40.
OBJECTIVE
to develop an instrument based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to determine the attitudes and intentions of women towards receiving antenatal care.

DESIGN
this methodological study was carried out at health centres in Isparta, Turkey.

METHODS
266 pregnant women who were able to communicate, did not have a systemic disease, and who volunteered to participate were included in this study. They were chosen by a random sampling method. A Likert-type scale composed of six subfactors and 26 items was used.

RESULTS
Cronbach's a for the Antenatal Care Scale (ANCS) was 0.96, and values for the six subfactors were between 0.88 and 0.94.

CONCLUSIONS
the ANCS was found to be a valid and reliable instrument to determine the attitudes and intentions of women towards receiving antenatal care.