Worry about performance: a unique dimension of caregiver burden.


BACKGROUND Recent studies that describe the multidimensionality of the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) challenge the traditional dual-factor paradigm of personal and role strains (Whitlatch et al., 1991). These studies consistently reported a distinct dimension of worry about caregiver performance (WaP) comprising items 20 and 21.The present study aims to compare WaP against conventional ZBI domains in a predominantly Chinese multi-ethnic Asian population. METHODS We studied 130 consecutive dyads of family caregivers and patients. Factor analysis of the 22-item ZBI revealed four factors of burden. We compared WaP (factor 4) with the other three factors, personal strain, and role strain via: internal consistency; inter-factor correlation; item-to-total ratio across Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) stages; predictors of burden; and interaction effect on total ZBI score using two-way analysis of variance. RESULTS WaP correlated poorly with the other factors (r = 0.05-0.21). It had the highest internal consistency (Cronbach's α = 0.92) among the factors. Unlike other factors, WaP was highly endorsed in mild cognitive impairment and did not increase linearly with disease severity, peaking at CDR 1. Multiple regression revealed younger caregiver age as the major predictor of WaP, compared with behavioral and functional problems for other factors. There was a significant interaction between WaP and psychological strain (p = 0.025). CONCLUSION Our results corroborate earlier studies that WaP is a distinct burden dimension not correspondent with traditional ZBI domains. WaP is germane to many Asian societies where obligation values to care for family members are strongly influential. Further studies are needed to better delineate the construct of WaP.

DOI: 10.1017/S1041610213002445
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@article{Lim2014WorryAP, title={Worry about performance: a unique dimension of caregiver burden.}, author={Wee Shiong Lim and Wee Kooi Cheah and Noorhazlina Ali and Huey Charn Han and Philomena Vasantha Anthony and Mark PC Chan and Mei Sian Chong}, journal={International psychogeriatrics}, year={2014}, volume={26 4}, pages={677-86} }