Translation and validation of the Hong Kong Chinese version of the breastfeeding self-efficacy scale—short form

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  • Wan-Yim Ip,

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    1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, 6–8 Floor, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China
    • The Nethersole School of Nursing, 6–8 Floor, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China.
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Lai-Shan Yeung,

    1. Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China
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    • Registered Nurse.

  • Kai-Chow Choi,

    1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, 6–8 Floor, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China
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    • Assistant Professor and Statistician.

  • Sek-Ying Chair,

    1. The Nethersole School of Nursing, 6–8 Floor, Esther Lee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China
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    • Professor.

  • Cindy-Lee Dennis

    1. Women's College Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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    • Associate Professor in Nursing and Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health, Shirley, Brown Chair in Women's Mental Health Research, Women's College Research Institute.


Abstract

Healthcare providers do not have a validated instrument to measure breastfeeding self-efficacy among Hong Kong Chinese. In this study, we sought to translate the breastfeeding self-efficacy scale—short form (BSES-SF) into Hong Kong Chinese and to examine the psychometric properties in a sample of 185 breastfeeding mothers. The construct validity of the translated scale was supported by confirmatory factor analysis and known group analysis. The receiver operating characteristics analysis indicated that the total score of the translated scale at 48–72 hours after delivery could be a useful diagnostic tool for identifying mothers likely to discontinue breastfeeding prematurely, before 6 months postpartum. Further research to cross-validate the suggested cut-off value of the scale is recommended. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:450–459, 2012

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