Assessing family caregiver skill in managing behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Carol J. Farran, Louis G. Fogg, Judith J. McCann, Caryn Diane Etkin, Xinqi Dong, Lisa L. Barnes

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Abstract

Objectives: This measurement study operationalized family caregiver skill in managing behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) by testing a Caregiver Assessment of Behavioral Skill-Self-Report (CAB-SR) measure. Method: A cross-sectional design was used. Caregivers had a family member with possible/probable AD, resided at home with the care recipient and provided the majority of care (N = 82). The mail-administered assessment included the CAB-SR and other care recipient and caregiver measures. Results: Preliminary CAB-SR reliability and validity were determined using reliability, factor analytic and correlational procedures. Conclusion: This measure provides a preliminary assessment of caregiver skill in managing behavioral symptoms of AD and shows promise for use in research and clinical intervention settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-521
Number of pages12
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • caregiver assessment
  • caregiver effectiveness
  • measurement development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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