Care Tasks and Skills Assessments

The specific tasks and skill performed by the caregiver are important, including their perception of the role.  For example, the specific types of care, the extent of this care, and the impact of the caregiving role on one’s everyday activities.  These measures differ from support in that their purpose is to inventory the tasks and nature of the tasks rather than the support available.

Caregiving Tasks Scale

  • Measures 36 types of assistance that can be provided by caregivers in relation to activities of daily living, decision making, and supervisions.
  • 36 items (3-point scale)
  • Archbold, P., Stewart, B., Greenlick, M. R., & Horwath, T. (1990). Mutuality and preparedness as predictors of caregiver role strain. Research in Nursing and Health, 13, 375-384.

Role Captivity

  • Measures the extent to which caregivers feel trapped as a result of their caregiving roles.
  • 3 items (4-point scale)
  • Pearlin, L. I., Mullan, J. T., Semple, S. J., & Skaff, M. M. (1990). Caregiving and the stress process: An overview of concepts and their measures. The Gerontologist, 30(5), 583-594.

Role Overload

  • Measures the extent to which caregivers feel overwhelmed by their caregiving roles.
  • 13 items (4-point scale)
  • Pearlin, L. I., Mullan, J. T., Semple, S. J., & Skaff, M. M. (1990). Caregiving and the stress process: An overview of concepts and their measures. The Gerontologist, 30(5), 583-594.

Stetz Inventory

  • Measures the extent of caregiver tasks.
  • 15 items (6-point scale)
  • Stetz, K. (1986). The experience of spouse caregiving for persons with advanced cancer. Unpublished Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Washington.

Time Constraints Scale

  • Measures degree of involvement with questions about whether or not the caregiver missed out on holidays, spent less time with family, and had little time to themselves.
  • 8 items (4-point scale)
  • Braithwaite, V. (2000). Contextual or general stress outcomes: Making choices through caregiving appraisals. The Gerontologist, 40, 706-717.

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