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Table 1 Factors extracted from FFCS

From: Design and psychometric evaluation of the fathers’ fear of childbirth scale: a mixed method study

Factors Items Factor loading h2 ʎ Variance
Fear of Childbirth Process 25. I am afraid that my spouse’s health will be endangered due to childbirth. 0.868 0.822 5.213 %28.96
9. During my spouse’s childbirth, I will feel fear. 0.751 0.643
6. I am afraid that dangerous medical interventions will be needed during childbirth. 0.748 0.561
4. As the time of childbirth approaches, my worries increase. 0.736 0.419
22. I’m afraid that my spouse’s childbirth will be risky. 0.706 0.609
8. During my spouse’s childbirth, I will feel helpless. 0.685 0.333
10. During my spouse’s childbirth, I will feel restless. 0.673 0.512
26. I am afraid that my child’s health will be endangered due to childbirth. 0.591 0.734
3. I worry about the quality of sex with my spouse after childbirth. 0.533 0.272
24. I will feel fear because of my spouse’s pain. 0.523 0.660
15. Because of my spouse’s fear of childbirth, I feel fear. 0.482 0.525
17. I am afraid that I am not capable enough to support my spouse during childbirth. 0.489 0.595
Fear of Hospital 31. I am afraid that the hospital staff will not have enough skills to perform a safe childbirth. 0.997 0.883 3.936 %21.86
32. I am afraid that the hospital will not have enough facilities and equipment for a safe childbirth. 0.947 0.784
28. I am afraid that the hospital staff will not take enough care of my spouse. 0.843 0.858
29. I’m afraid the hospital staff won’t treat me and my spouse respectfully. 0.762 0.879
30. I am afraid that my child will be hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth. 0.622 0.672
27. It will be difficult for me to pay for the hospital. 0.609 0.289
  1. Abbreviations: ʎ Eigenvalue, h2 communality