Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers-Short Form

Rachel R. Tambling, Carissa D’Aniello, Beth S. Russell

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Abstract

Caregiver burden describes the physical, psychological, social, and financial demands of providing care to others. Caregiver burden has been investigated in general, and off-time caregiving often specific to chronic, recurring conditions. Despite the substantial research attention to caregiving burden, there have been few studies aimed establishing the psychometric evaluation of measurement tools used to measure the construct (Pendergrass et al., 2018). Accurate measurement of caregiving burden is essential for studying the myriad effects on caregivers’ mental, physical, financial, and relational health. To begin to fill this gap, we conducted an exploratory factor analysis and a confirmatory factor analysis of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers (Pendergrass et al., 2018) in two distinct samples. Results of an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) indicated a one factor solution. Implications for these findings on the study of caregiver burden are included.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFamily Journal
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • caregiving burden
  • factor analysis
  • substance use disorders

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