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Keywords

Postpartum, Research instrument, Reliability, Validity

 

Authors

  1. BECK, CHERYL TATANO DNSc, CNM, FAAN

Abstract

Locating existing instruments available to measure key variables is critical to the success of a research study. However, this process can be a time-consuming activity. In this article, selected instruments available for use in research during the postpartum period are reviewed. These instruments are divided into two categories. The first category deals with instruments that focus on mothers only. These questionnaires measure mothers' perceptions of their deliveries, their adaptation to motherhood, and their breastfeeding experiences. The second category centers on instruments that both parents can complete. These instruments measure parents' perceptions of their parenting role, sense of competence, problem-solving ability, and perceptions of their newborns. The psychometric properties of each instrument are described, and selected nursing research studies that used the instrument are reviewed.