Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

ClinMed International Library

Source Publication

International Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Source ISSN

2572-4037

Abstract

Background/Purpose

Caregiving can be costly to dementia caregivers' well-being. Assessing the factor structure and psychometric properties of Cognitive-Behavioral Scales in dementia caregivers is an essential step in addressing the gap in the current state of research. Specifically, it is essential to determine first whether the factorial structure of the three measures used in this study namely, the Positive Thinking Skills Scale, the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist, and the Zarit Burden Interview are good representation of the data by studying the good model fit. Next, evaluating the reliability of each factor of the three measures used are essential to learn about the precision of the factors. Lastly, it is vital to study the factor correlation and its relevance to the theory used to determine the validity of the factors.

Methods

A descriptive, correlational, cross-sectional design in a convenience sample of 100 caregivers.

Results

Results indicated that the factorial structure of the three scales is a good representation of the data; an acceptable reliability of each factor of the three measures; and the factors correlated as expected and showed their relevance to the underlying theory.

Conclusions

Future studies might consider studying the mediating/moderating effects of positive thinking on care-recipients challenging behavior problems. The findings can be used as a guide to provide a positive thinking training intervention among caregivers.

Comments

Published version. International Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2018). DOI. This article is © 2018 Bekhet AK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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