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Development of the Maternal-Fetal Interaction Belief Scale

Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing
Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing
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  • 모-태아상호작용
  • 신념
  • Maternal-Fetal Interaction
  • Belief
  • Design


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a Maternal-Fetal Interaction Belief Scale (MFIBS). Method: The research design was a methodological study. The items generated for this scale were drawn from a comprehensive literature review. Content validity was established for the MFIBS. The 26-item scale was developed to measure the construct of the MFIBS during pregnancy and tested on 186 pregnant women. Results: The final tool consist of 20 items which were sorted into 6 factors by factor analysis. The factors were identified as ‘influence of pregnancy (5 items)’, ‘ability of fetus (3 items)’, ‘maternal-fetal interaction behavior (3 items)’, ‘practice of taegyo (3 items)’, ‘ability of infant (3 items)’, and ‘taemong (3 items)’. The six factors explained 62.37% of the total variance in the MFIBS. The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for internal consistency was .81 and the reliability of the subscales ranged from .60-.85 Guttman split-half coefficient was .66. Conclusions: This scale proves to be a effective, useful tool and suitable in Korean women for measuring the Maternal-Fetal Interaction Belief. Future studies are required for further refinement of the scale.

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