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Validation of Three Mental Health Scales among Pregnant Women in Qatar

Roof, Katherine and James-Hawkins, Laurie and Rahim, Hanan F Abdul and Yount, Kathryn M (2019) 'Validation of Three Mental Health Scales among Pregnant Women in Qatar.' Reproductive Health. ISSN 1742-4755 (In Press)

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Abstract

Objectives. The objective of this study is to validate three mental health scales in a targeted sample of pregnant Arab women living in Qatar: the Kuwait University Anxiety Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Methods. Random split-half exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analyses (n =336; n =331), conducted separately, were used to evaluate scale dimensionality, factor loadings, and factor structure of the KUAS, the PSS, and the EPDS. Results. Fit statistics for the three scales suggested adequate fit to the data and estimated factor loadings were positive, similar in magnitude, and were significant. The final CFA model for the KUAS supported a 19-item, two factor structure. CFA models also confirmed 8- and 10-item, single-factor structures for the PSS and EPDS, respectively. Conclusions. The validation of scales for these aspects of mental health in Arab pregnant women is critical to ensure appropriate screening, identification, and treatment to reduce the risk of sequelae in women and their children. Findings offer a useful comparison to mental-health scale validations in other Arab contexts.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25382

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