We previously developed the Tilburg Pregnancy Distress Scale (TPDS). The aim of the current study was to further assess its testretest reliability, internal consistency, and construct and concurrent validity in 1739 pregnant women. TPDS scores during pregnancy were highly inter-correlated (r ≥ .70), with similar findings for its Negative Affect and Partner Involvement subscales. Pregnancy and delivery worries varied in different subgroups of women regarding their obstetric history. Nullipara reported more pregnancy- and delivery-related worries at all trimesters of pregnancy. Women with previous pregnancy-related complications reported more pregnancy-related worries, and those with previous delivery-related problems reported more delivery-related worries than women without these problems in the past. The TPDS seems to be a valid and reliable instrument to assess pregnancy-specific distress.

Maternal distress . Negative affect . Pregnant women . Delivery . Test-retest reliability . Validity
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00737-019-00974-4, hdl.handle.net/1765/128436
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry

Boekhorst, M.G.B.M, Beerthuizen, A, van Son, M., Bergink, V, & Pop, V.J.M. (2019). Psychometric aspects of the Tilburg Pregnancy Distress Scale: data from the HAPPY study. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 23(2), 215–219. doi:10.1007/s00737-019-00974-4