Table 3

Factor structure of the German CWS

Factors of the German CWS

Factor loading


Socio-medical (26.6%a)

Going to hospital

0.83

Internal examinations

0.65

Giving birth

0.73

Coping with the new baby

0.58

Socio-economic and relationships (12.8%a)

Your housing

0.69

Money problems

0.74

Your relationship with your husband/partner

0.61

Your relationship with your family and friends

0.44

Employment problems

0.57

Health of the baby (8.1%a)

The possibility of something being wrong with the baby

0.66

The possibility of miscarriage

0.76

Health of mother/other (7.9%a)

Your own health

0.51

The health of someone close to you

0.87


a Percentage of the total variance explained by the factor

Petersen et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9:490   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-490

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