George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis
Center for Mental Health Services Research

CMHSR Measures Collection

Caregiving Hassles Scale

Location:  V27

AUTHORS:  Jennifer M Kinney and Mary Ann Parris Stephens

YEAR:  1989

SOURCES:

VARIABLES MEASURED:  Stress conceptualized as hassles, or minor irritations, of daily living

PURPOSE:  To assess the daily hassles of caring for a family member with Alzheimerís Disease

DESCRIPTION/DEVELOPMENT:
The scale initially consisted of 110 items and included caregiversí appraisals of each item as uplifting or satisfying.  Because uplifts were not strongly related to caregiversí well-being they were excluded in the revised scale comprising only 42 items.  Caregivers indicate which events occurred during the past week, whether they were appraised as a hassle, and if so, to what extent.

There are five subscales: hassles associated with assistance in basic ADL (9 items), assistance in IADL (7 items), care-recipientís cognitive status (9 items), care-recipientís behavior (12 items), and caregiverís social network (5 items).

SUBJECTS: Primary caregivers to AD patients

ADMINISTRATION:  self-report

SCORING:   4-point scale, ranging from Not at all (a hassle) to A great deal (of a hassle)

RELIABILITY:
Test-retest reliability of .83 for the full scale and ranging between .66 to .87 for the subscales.  Internal consistency of .91 for full scale.

VALIDITY:
Construct validity was assessed in two ways.  First, caregiversí reports of care-recipientís impairments were used, and second, by examining the relationship between hassles and measures of well-being.

COMMENTS:  Copy of scale is available as Chart 1 in the referenced article

REFERENCES:
Kinney J. M. and Stephens M. A. (1989). Caregiving Hassles Scale: Assessing the daily hassles of caring for a family member
    with dementia.  The Gerontologist, 29(3), p. 328 - 332


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