Development of a measure of coping with multiple sclerosis caregiving

Pakenham, KI (2002) Development of a measure of coping with multiple sclerosis caregiving. Psychology & Health, 17 1: 97-118. doi:10.1080/08870440290001557

Author Pakenham, KI
Title Development of a measure of coping with multiple sclerosis caregiving
Journal name Psychology & Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-0446
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08870440290001557
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 97
End page 118
Total pages 22
Place of publication UK
Publisher Brunner-Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
750310 Carers development and welfare (i.e. carers for the aged, disabled)
730211 Mental health
Abstract Development of a self-report measure of coping specific to multiple sclerosis (MS) caregiving is needed to advance our understanding of the role of coping in adaptation to caring for a person with MS and to contribute to a lack of empirical data on MS caregiving. A total of 213 MS caregivers and their care recipients completed a Coping with MS Caregiving Inventory (CMSCI) and measures of adjustment (psychological distress), appraisal and illness. A subsample (n = 64) also completed the Ways of Coping Checklist (WCC) and additional adjustment measures (depression, caregiving impact. dyadic adjustment, and relationship conflict and reciprocity). Factor analyses revealed 5 factors: Supportive Engagement, Criticism and Coercion, Practical Assistance, Avoidance, and Positive Reframing. Subscales had internal reliabilities comparable to similar scales and were empirically distinct. Preliminary construct validation data are consistent with recent MS caregiving research that links passive avoidant emotion-focused coping with poorer adjustment, and relationship-focused coping caregiving research that links greater reliance on positive relationship-focused coping and less reliance on criticism with better adjustment. Results extend this research by revealing new relations between coping and adaptation to MS caregiving. Convergent validation data suggest that although the inventory differs from the WCC, it does share certain conceptual similarities with this scale.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Multiple Sclerosis
Family Members
Stress Process
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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