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Korean Journal of Child Health Nursing 2002;8(3):272-280.
The Reliability and Validity of Family Burden Questionnaire.
Ka Sil Oh, Sun Mi Chae, Na Young Cheon
College of Nursing, Yonsei University, Korea. kasil607@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to test the reliability and validity of Family Burden Questionnaire. METHOD: The subjects were 156 caregivers of children with acute or chronic disease. To test the reliability, internal consistency using Cronbach's alpha coefficient was analyzed, and factor analysis, known-group technique, and concurrent validity were utilized for validity test. RESULT: Cronbach's alpha coefficient of the tool was .89. Six factors were identified and explained 58.7% of the total variance. Through analysis using known-group technique, the difference of family burden between acute and chronic disease groups was statistically significant(t= -4.09, p <.001). Correlations with mood state, other family burden score by Family Burden Interview Schedule, quality of life, and health symptoms were also relatively high and statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Family Burden Questionnaire showed a relatively high validity and reliability to measure the burden of caregivers caring patients with various chronic conditions in Korea. For the further study, it may be reconsidered to identify the factor structure of the Family Burden Questionnaire with the various subjects from different age groups.
Key words: Family Burden Questionnaire; Reliability; Validity
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