Psychometric aspects of the Tilburg Pregnancy Distress Scale: data from the HAPPY study

Myrthe G.B.M. Boekhorst, Annemerle Beerthuizen, Maarten Van Son, Veerle Bergink, Victor J.M. Pop

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We previously developed the Tilburg Pregnancy Distress Scale (TPDS). The aim of the current study was to further assess its test-retest 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-219
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Women's Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Delivery
  • Maternal distress
  • Negative affect
  • Pregnant women
  • Test-retest reliability
  • Validity


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