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01.06.2017 | Original Contribution | Ausgabe 4/2017

Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 4/2017

Subjective burden of family caregivers with Turkish immigration background in Germany

Validation of the Turkish version of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers

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Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie > Ausgabe 4/2017
Autoren:
M.Sc. N. Ulusoy, E. Graessel

Abstract

Background

Subjective burden is a central variable for describing the situation of family caregivers. Up to now the subjective burden of family caregivers with Turkish immigration background in Germany has not been quantitatively investigated.

Objectives

The aim of this study was the validation of the Turkish version of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers (BSFCtr).

Material and methods

In order to measure the subjective burden of family caregivers with Turkish immigration background, the BSFC was translated into Turkish. The internal consistency of the 28-item BSFCtr was calculated using Cronbach’s alpha. The difficulty indices and discriminating powers of the items were analyzed. The construct validity was examined by using three hypotheses of association.

Results

The cross-sectional study was conducted on 49 family caregivers with a Turkish immigration background in Germany who care for older, chronically ill persons. Cronbach’s alpha for the total scale was 0.89. The caregiver burden was greater when the care recipient had substantial regular nursing care needs and when the spouse or partner had assumed the care as compared with the children or children-in-law. Caregiver burden significantly increased with the extent of psychosomatic symptoms of the caregiver.

Conclusion

The Turkish version of the BSFC proved to be a reliable and valid measure for determining the subjective burden of family caregivers.

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