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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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MARTINS, Teresa; RIBEIRO, José Pais  and  GARRETT, Carolina. Estudo de validação do questionário de avaliação da sobrecarga para cuidadores informaisCaregiver burden questionnaire : validation study. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2003, vol.4, n.1, pp.131-148. ISSN 1645-0086.

The Questionário de Avaliação da Sobrecarga do Cuidador Informal (QASCI) is a scale to assess stroke caregiver's physical, emotional and social strain. The present study describes the construction of the scale and the validation results. Through a convenience sample, 210 caregivers and their stroke relative's were studied. Most of these caregivers were female (88,1%), daughters or wives. The stroke survivors (52,2% are males) had functional dependence an at least a daily life basic activity, or two instrumental activities. Through the Principal Components Analysis, 7 factors were discriminated, that explain 59% of the total variance: implications in the personal life of caregiver; satisfaction with the paper and with the relative; reactions to demands; emotional overload; support family; financial overload and mechanisms of effectiveness and control. QASCI presented good reliability in 6 of their components (Cronbach's alpha>0,70).

Keywords : Caregiver burden; Caregiver Burden Questionnaire; Stroke patients.

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