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The development of a quality of life scale for informal carers for older adults

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posted on 15.07.2020 by John Maltby, Eef Hogervorst, Blossom Stephan, Xu Sun, Pinyan Tang, Effie Law, Elizabeta B Mukaetova-Ladinska
Background: The aim of the study was to develop a multidimensional quality of life instrument suitable for use among individuals across cultures who have an informal care role for older persons. Methods: Participants were informal carers of older adults in the United Kingdom (n = 308), United States (n = 164), and China (n = 131). We carried out exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of 61 items derived from the eight-factor Adult Carers Quality of Life Questionnaire with newly added items to define both traditional and nontraditional informal care roles. Results: Findings suggest a 24-item quality of life scale with a six-factor structure to caring for older adults that assesses (a) exhaustion, (b) adoption of a traditional carer role, (c) personal growth, (d) management and performance, (e) level of support, and (f) financial matters. Conclusion: We present a new scale to assess the multidimensional aspects of quality of life among those caring for older adults.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Volume

6

Pages

1-6

Publisher

Sage

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VoR (Version of Record)

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© The authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

23/03/2020

Publication date

2020-05-14

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

2333-7214

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Eef Hogervorst . Deposit date: 14 July 2020

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