Psychometric Evaluation of the Caregiving Competence Scale Among Chinese Family Caregivers

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Abstract

Purpose:

The aim of the study was to develop a Chinese version of the Caregiving Competence Scale (CCS) and evaluate its psychometric properties.

Design:

A multicenter, cross-sectional study design.

Methods:

Brislin’s translation method was used to translate the CCS into Chinese. Its psychometric properties were tested with 118 Chinese family caregivers of stroke survivors.

Findings:

The Chinese version of the Caregiving Competence Scale (CCS-C) demonstrated adequate internal consistency (Cronbach’s α = .81) and stability (weighted kappa statistics: .67–.78). Convergent and discriminative validities were supported by a significant correlation between the CCS-C and the General Self-Efficacy Scale scores (r = .46, p < .01) and a significant difference in the CCS-C scores between depressed and nondepressed caregivers (p = .03), respectively.

Conclusions:

Study results suggested that the CCS-C could be a valid and reliable self-reported instrument for family caregivers of Chinese stroke survivors.

Clinical Relevance:

This scale can be used to evaluate the caregiving competence of stroke caregivers in nursing research and in clinical settings.

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