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Health status assessment tool for the family member caregiver of patients with bipolar disorder: development and psychometric testing.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2013
Author Shamsaei Farshid, Kermanshahi Sima Mohamad Khan, Vanaki Zohreh, Hajizadeh Ebrahim, Grosse Holtforth Martin, Cheragi Fatemeh,
Project Explicit and implicit change of depression in exposure-based cognitive therapy
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Asian journal of psychiatry
Volume (Issue) 6(3)
Page(s) 222 - 7
Title of proceedings Asian journal of psychiatry
DOI 10.1016/j.ajp.2012.12.013


INTRODUCTION The caregivers' health assessment requires the application of a valid instrument that provided based on their experiences about the health concept. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the health assessment tool for family member caregivers' of patients with bipolar disorder. METHODS This study utilized mixed research. The specific validation processes used were: content and face validity, construct validity using factor analysis, reliability and internal consistency using test-retest reliability and Cronbach's alpha correlation coefficient. RESULTS The exploratory factor analysis revealed ten factors: safe life with peace, maintaining physical health, painful emotions, psychological tolerance, maintaining physical-psychological potency, families and relatives support, health care system support, moral-financial support, maintaining social relationships, and worry over the label. The internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was 95. Test-retest reliability of the questionnaire with interval time of two weeks was 0.93 (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION Family caregivers' health assessment questionnaire with 75 items helped to determine family caregivers' health in different settings such as clinical settings, homes and research environments by health care providers.