Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology.
Validation of the multidimensional health locus of control scales for labor and delivery†
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 282–296, August 2011
How to Cite
Stevens, N. R., Hamilton, N. A. and Wallston, K. A. (2011), Validation of the multidimensional health locus of control scales for labor and delivery. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 282–296. doi: 10.1002/nur.20446
An abstract reporting only the preliminary analyses summarized in this report was presented at the 2009 Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference and published in the 2009 Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
- Issue published online: 7 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 MAY 2011
- patient satisfaction;
- health beliefs;
- personal control;
- instrument development and validation
No current instrument assesses women's health locus of control beliefs in relation to childbirth. Form C of the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Scales was used to develop items for a new instrument specific to labor and delivery (MHLC-LD). Psychometric analyses conducted with two independent samples of pregnant women supported a three-factor model of the new instrument, consisting of Internal, Powerful Others, and Chance subscales. Results revealed modest coefficient alphas (>.70) for the subscales and demonstrated construct validity in known group analyses. Future validation research will focus on improving the internal consistency reliability of the MHLC-LD, testing factorial invariance across demographic groups, and examining the relationships between obstetric risk, previous birth experiences, and beliefs about control over childbirth outcomes. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:282–296, 2011