Psychometric properties of an instrument to measure mother-infant togetherness after childbirth

Carol L. Lawrence, Anne E Norris

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Background and Purpose: The purpose of this research was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a new instrument to measure mother-infant togetherness, Mother-Infant Togetherness Survey (MITS). Methods: Stage 1 examined content validity. Stage 2 pretested the readability and understandability and further examined content validity. Stage 3 examined women's ability to accurately self-report on the Delivery Events subscale. Stages 4 and 5 examined construct validity. Results: Good content validity was obtained at the scale/subscale level (CVI = .91-1.00). Internal consistency reliability was evaluated at the scale/subscale level (α = .62-.89). Construct validity was supported with known groups testing and factor analysis. Conclusion: Study findings provide support for the reliability and validity of the MITS. Future research should be done to improve the internal consistency reliability of the Postpartum Events subscale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-130
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Childbirth
  • Mother-infant togetherness
  • Psychometrics
  • Separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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