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Construction of the Views oN Infant Sleep (VNIS) Questionnaire

Boedker, I, Ball, HL, Richter, M, South, TL and Roberts, SGB (2024) Construction of the Views oN Infant Sleep (VNIS) Questionnaire. Early Human Development, 191. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0378-3782

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Parents' beliefs about infant sleep behaviour vary over time and across cultures. No validated instrument exists to understand parents' pre- and postnatal views on infant sleep behaviours, which may influence their caregiving decisions. The Views oN Infant Sleep Questionnaire (VNIS) will be a tool to assess parents' beliefs in order to facilitate tailored perinatal care, increase the reliability of postnatal self-report measures, allow for cross-cultural comparisons, and provide a baseline for researchers to use in longitudinal studies. We recruited an online sample of 971 female participants who were resident in the United Kingdom, at least 28 weeks pregnant, and at least 18 years of age. The initial questionnaire consisted of 31 questions about infant independence, night-waking, infant feeding, touch, and safety, and items were rated on a 5-point Likert scale. The item pool was reduced to 12 using principal component analysis and a structure was found for the three components “Closeness”, “Independence”, and “Night-waking”. Overall, these results suggest that the VNIS can provide a brief scale to measure different aspects of individuals' beliefs about infant sleep. In further research the VNIS needs to be validated with a confirmatory factor analysis in another sample, and to be tested as a cross-cultural instrument.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Pediatrics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier BV
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 15:46
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 14:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2024.105989
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22831
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