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Assessing the experience of motherhood: the Being a Mother Scale (BaM-13).
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PMID:  20655114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: The assessment of women's experiences in the postpartum period is often limited to just her mood. In addition, many services aimed at ameliorating or preventing mood difficulties often do this by improving the woman's wider experience of motherhood, not just her mood. In exploring the literature few suitable brief self-report instruments are available to assess this wider domain of the woman's experience of motherhood for women with infants up to pre-schoolers. This project thus developed an instrument to assess this domain for this population.
METHOD: A pool of items was generated to reflect a woman's wider experience of motherhood than just her mood. Four studies (N = 269 women in total) were conducted with a preliminary 12-item version, and 3 studies (N = 361 women in total) used the final 13-item version of the Being a Mother scale (BaM-13).
RESULTS: The psychometric properties of the BaM-13 are reported, including moderate-high levels of reliability and validity. Factor analysis reveals three factors: her experience of her child; her experience of herself as an adult; and her emotional closeness with her child. Normative data on a sample of Community mothers (N = 249-496) are reported for each of the 13 items, as well as the scale's receiver operating characteristics and reliable change score.
LIMITATION: The scale has only been validated for English-speaking mothers.
CONCLUSIONS: This self-report experience of motherhood questionnaire shows good clinical discrimination between women with different experiences. It is useful as both a clinical and research tool, and thus complements other scales that focus just on women's mood or confidence in the postpartum period.
Stephen Matthey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of affective disorders     Volume:  128     ISSN:  1573-2517     ISO Abbreviation:  J Affect Disord     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7906073     Medline TA:  J Affect Disord     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  142-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, Research Unit, Liverpool Hospital, Mental Health Centre L1, Locked Bag 7103, Liverpool BC, NSW 1871, Australia.
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