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The revised Caregiver Burden Scale: A preliminary evaluation

TitleThe revised Caregiver Burden Scale: A preliminary evaluation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsGupta, R
JournalResearch on Social Work PracticeResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume9
Pagination508-520
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number1049-7315<br/>1552-7581
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1999-03279-005
Keywords*Asians, *Caregiver Burden, *Elder Care, *Factor Structure, *Rating Scales, Caregivers, factor structure of revised Perceived Caregiver Burden Scale, Indian/Pakistani immigrant caregivers of elderly relatives, Health Psychology Testing [2226], Home Care, Home Care & Hospice [3375], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), Immigration, Self Report, Test Forms, us
Abstract

Attempts to empirically determine the factor structure of the original M. Stommel et al (see record 1990-18099-001) 31-item Perceived Caregiver Burden Scale (PCB). 150 caregivers who were Indian or Pakistani immigrants caring for elderly relatives were interviewed by telephone, and the data were subjected to confirmatory factor analysis. Results did not support all the 31 items in the 5-factor theoretical structure but did suggest a 13-item 3-factor model. In addition, this 3-factor version evidenced high internal consistency among the subscales. The short revised version of the PCB-13 scale is an easy-to-administer screening tool for estimating burden. Although this scale should be validated further by replication, the scale has implications for social work practitioners. Practitioners are cautioned to use PCB-13 as an assessment tool, but they can supplement the short scale with other qualitative measures to screen Indian/Pakistani caregivers until further validation studies can be conducted. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).

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