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Evaluating the Chichewa version of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy in Malawi: a validation update

Authors
  • Hall, Jennifer A.1
  • Stephenson, Judith1
  • Barrett, Geraldine1
  • 1 UCL Institute for Women’s Health, London, UK , London (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Research Notes
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jun 10, 2021
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-021-05645-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Research Note
License
Green

Abstract

ObjectiveTo investigate the psychometric properties of the validated Chichewa version of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy in a large representative community-based sample in Malawi, a low-income country. We collected data on pregnancy intention from a cohort of 4244 pregnant women in Malawi using the validated Chichewa version of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy (LMUP). We evaluated the psychometric properties of the Chichewa LMUP using classical test theory and confirmatory factor analysis to re-assess the performance of items one and six, which had weaker performance in the original smaller, facility-based validation sample.ResultsThe Chichewa version of the LMUP met all pre-set criteria for validation. There are now nine validations of the LMUP in different low-and-middle-income countries, confirming the validity and applicability of the LMUP in these settings.

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