The scale for body image concerns during pregnancy: Development and validation

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2018 Jul;54(3):416-421. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12287. Epub 2018 May 3.


Purpose: This study aimed to develop a scale that measures body image concerns during pregnancy.

Design and methods: The study administered draft of the scale for validity and reliability analysis to 320 pregnant women who visited the maternity polyclinic of a public hospital in eastern Turkey between February and May 2016.

Findings: The Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of the entire scale was 0.88. Factor analysis determined that the 23 items that explained 58.578% of total variance were in four of the factors.

Practice implications: The scale for body image concerns during pregnancy was a valid and reliable scale.

Keywords: body image; pregnancy; reliability; validity.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy / psychology*
  • Psychometrics* / instrumentation
  • Psychometrics* / methods
  • Psychometrics* / standards
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Young Adult