The caregiver vigilance scale: Application and validation in the resources for enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project

Diane Feeney Mahoney, Richard N. Jones, David W. Coon, Aaron B. Mendelsohn, Laura N. Gitlin, Marcia Ory

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Abstract

This article reports on the measurement properties of Caregiver Vigilance, a four-item caregiver self-report of perceived oversight demand for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders family caregiving. The self-report uses data from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project, a multisite National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored study of over 1,200 family caregivers. Results indicate that the items were clearly understood by the racially/ethnically diverse respondents; and, when responses were transformed into a summary scale and analyzed, unidimensionality was evident and internal consistency reliability favorably demonstrated. We suggest using the Caregiver Vigilance Scale in conjunction with traditional burden measures to systematically include the caregiving time associated with protectively watching over care recipients and the daily duration of this responsibility. We also highlight the practical utility of selected items for potential use in the caregiver assessment process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Caregiving burden
  • Family caregivers
  • Homecare
  • Minority groups
  • Research techniques
  • Selfreport measures
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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