PhD Scientific Days 2024

Budapest, 9-10 July 2024

Poster Session C - Mental Health Sciences 1.

Validation and Psychometric Properties of the Karitane Parenting Confidence Scale’s Modified Version in Hungary


Anna Lengyel1, dr. Ildikó Danis1
1: Mental Health Sciences Division

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Introduction: The Karitane Parenting Confidence Scale (KPCS) is a questionnaire developed by Črnčec et al. (2008) designed to assess perceived parental self-efficacy and self-confidence in infancy. It is a self-report questionnaire and contains 15 Likert-type items. The measurement tool provides a unidimensional measure with three underlying subscales (parenting, support, and child development). We first translated the original version of the tool into Hungarian and then modified it to use it during pregnancy to measure anticipated parenting self-efficacy and self-confidence. The modified version is a unique measurement tool that assesses pregnant women’s representation of their own-to-be maternal self-confidence and self-efficacy after their baby is born. With its original version used with mothers of infants, it can be well used for longitudinal studies during the transition to parenthood to measure possible changes in perceptions of parental self-efficacy.
Aims: As this instrument is a unique, newly created modified version of the also freshly translated and adapted version of KPCS-HU, we aimed to collect data from different groups of expectant mothers between the 24-38th week of their pregnancy to check the questionnaire's psychometric properties and validate it on Hungarian samples.
Material and Methods: Data was collected from a non-clinical population using an online snowball sampling questionnaire in April 2024. We examine the factor structure and psychometric properties of the modified scale and its congruent validity with different constructs such as prenatal parental reflectivity, maternal-fetal attachment, pregnancy-related thoughts, resilience, well-being, anxiety, and depressed mood.
Results: In our poster presentation, we introduce the factor structure, the internal reliability of the modified Hungarian version of Karitane Parenting Confidence Scale (KPCS-m-HU), and some associations with sociodemographic characteristics and convergent constructs.
Conclusion: Based on our results, we argue the potential of the KPCS-m-HU questionnaire to assess Anticipated Parental Self-Efficacy in the population of expectant mothers (in their 24-38th week of pregnancy).
Funding: The research was not supported by fundings.