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Validation of a Caregiver Strain Index

Validation of a Caregiver Strain Index Abstract This paper outlines the development of a caregiver strain index (CSI) with a sample of spouses, family, friends, and neighbors, aged 22 to 83, who provided varying degrees of care to recently hospitalized hip surgery and heart patients aged 65 and over. Internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) for the 13-item CSI on 81 cases was .86. Evidence of construct validity was obtained in three areas: ex-patient characteristics; subjective perceptions of the care-taking relationship by caregivers; and emotional health of caregivers. These results indicate that the CSI is a brief, easily administered instrument which identified strain within our sample of informal care providers. Further development of the CSI is being undertaken for predicting specific caregiver populations at risk. This simple index might be usefully included in any interview or assessment package that examines intergenerational relations involving dependency and care. Stress, Informal supports, Screening instrument This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes 1 Research supported by the Center on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, Grant Number MH 32731. © 1983 The Gerontological Society of America http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Gerontology Oxford University Press

Validation of a Caregiver Strain Index

Journal of Gerontology , Volume 38 (3) – May 1, 1983

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Oxford University Press
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© 1983 The Gerontological Society of America
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0022-1422
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10.1093/geronj/38.3.344
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Abstract This paper outlines the development of a caregiver strain index (CSI) with a sample of spouses, family, friends, and neighbors, aged 22 to 83, who provided varying degrees of care to recently hospitalized hip surgery and heart patients aged 65 and over. Internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) for the 13-item CSI on 81 cases was .86. Evidence of construct validity was obtained in three areas: ex-patient characteristics; subjective perceptions of the care-taking relationship by caregivers; and emotional health of caregivers. These results indicate that the CSI is a brief, easily administered instrument which identified strain within our sample of informal care providers. Further development of the CSI is being undertaken for predicting specific caregiver populations at risk. This simple index might be usefully included in any interview or assessment package that examines intergenerational relations involving dependency and care. Stress, Informal supports, Screening instrument This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes 1 Research supported by the Center on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, Grant Number MH 32731. © 1983 The Gerontological Society of America

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Journal of GerontologyOxford University Press

Published: May 1, 1983

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