Pregnancy-related Anxiety Scale (The PrAS): Validity and Reliability Studyof its Turkish Version

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Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü Dergisi, vol.7, no.4, pp.529-537, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Objective: Women may have anxiety during pregnancy. This anxiety may have adverse results both for women and their infants. A scale is needed to determine this anxiety, that occurs during pregnancy, psychometrically. This study aims to conduct the reliability and validity study of the PrAS in Turkish population. Materials and Methods: The study was designed methodologically. The data of the study were collected in the Obstetrics Outpatient clinic of a private hospital located in Istanbul. The participants were composed of 495 pregnant women (primiparous and multiparous). Results: The internal consistency of the Turkish version of the PrAS (Cronbach's alpha = 0.85), the correlation coefficient of the items (0.27 and 0.57) and the confirmatory factor analysis (CFA= 0.35 and 0.98) were found to be high. The PrAS had a high correlation with PRAQ-R2 (multiparous pregnant women r= 0.60, primiparous pregnant women r= 0.65, p= 0.000)Conclusion: It was demonstrated that the Turkish version of the PrAS was a reliable and valid instrument to assess the anxiety level experienced during pregnancy and this instrument may be easily adapted to other languages.