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Die subjektive Belastung pflegender Ehepartner von Demenzkranken: Hinweise zur Validität der deutschen Version des Zarit Burden Interviews


Braun, M; Hornung, Rainer; Scholz, Urte; Martin, Mike (2010). Die subjektive Belastung pflegender Ehepartner von Demenzkranken: Hinweise zur Validität der deutschen Version des Zarit Burden Interviews. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43(2):111-119.

Abstract

Despite the large number of studies dealing with dementia caregivers in Europe, a valid German version of the most widely used measurement of caregiver burden, the Zarit Burden Interview, has not been published. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the German Zarit Burden Interview (G-ZBI). A sample of community-dwelling older couples (n=37) with the husband suffering from dementia and the wife being the primary caregiver participated in this study. The G-ZBI and related constructs were assessed in order to test for reliability and construct validity. The G-ZBI revealed psychometric properties comparable with those of the original instrument and empirically validated translations. Results indicate high internal consistency (Cronbach’s α=0.91) and good validity due to strong correlations with caregiver life satisfaction and depression, as well as patients’ dependency, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and dementia severity. The psychometric qualities of the G-ZBI indicate that it is both a reliable and valid instrument to assess caregiver burden and to detect highly stressed individuals.

Despite the large number of studies dealing with dementia caregivers in Europe, a valid German version of the most widely used measurement of caregiver burden, the Zarit Burden Interview, has not been published. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the German Zarit Burden Interview (G-ZBI). A sample of community-dwelling older couples (n=37) with the husband suffering from dementia and the wife being the primary caregiver participated in this study. The G-ZBI and related constructs were assessed in order to test for reliability and construct validity. The G-ZBI revealed psychometric properties comparable with those of the original instrument and empirically validated translations. Results indicate high internal consistency (Cronbach’s α=0.91) and good validity due to strong correlations with caregiver life satisfaction and depression, as well as patients’ dependency, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and dementia severity. The psychometric qualities of the G-ZBI indicate that it is both a reliable and valid instrument to assess caregiver burden and to detect highly stressed individuals.

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Other titles:Caregiver burden with dementia patients : A validation study of the German language version of the Zarit Burden Interview
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Burden ; Dementia caregiving ; Psychometric properties ; Zarit Burden Interview ; Validity
Language:German
Date:April 2010
Deposited On:04 Jul 2010 14:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:09
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0948-6704
Additional Information:The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00391-010-0097-6
PubMed ID:20204383
Other Identification Number:35400060438752.0008
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-34394

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