Validation of the Mothers’ Object Relations Scales Short-form (MORS-SF)

Oates, John; Gervai, Judit; Danis, Ildiko; Lakatos, Krisztina and Davies, John (2018). Validation of the Mothers’ Object Relations Scales Short-form (MORS-SF). Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 33(1) pp. 38–50.



A 14-item questionnaire, MORS-SF, was developed in a previous study to assess mothers’ representations of their infants. It was found to have good psychometric properties, being sufficiently reliable and internally valid to enable the further validation of the instrument with additional independently collected datasets. This paper reports the successful validation of MORS-SF against other measures in both the original Hungarian and British samples and also in new samples in both countries, showing predicted relationships with other measures in the original and the independent validation datasets. It is concluded that this is a valid tool, with uses in research and health practice.

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