Development and initial validation of a family appraisal of caregiving questionnaire for palliative care Academic Article uri icon


  • This article describes the derivation and initial psychometric validation of a multi-dimensional Family Appraisal of Caregiving Questionnaire for Palliative Care (FACQ-PC). The 25-item measure consists of four theoretically derived subscales: (i) caregiver strain, (ii) positive caregiving appraisals, (iii) caregiver distress, and (iv) family well-being. Based on a sample of 160 family caregivers of a relative with cancer receiving palliative care, reliability analyses demonstrated the subscale scores to be internally consistent and factor analysis revealed evidence of factorial validity. Correlations of the four subscales with measures of family functioning, positive and negative affect, and subjective burden provided evidence of convergent and discriminant validity. The FACQ-PC provides a measure of the family's appraisal of caregiving that can be used in clinical assessment, and has potential utility for evaluating the effectiveness of palliative care interventions.

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  • July 2006

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