Validity and reliability of the caregivers’ Needs Checklist for Dementia

  • Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Edimansyah Abdin Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Siow Ann Chong Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Rajeswari Sambasivam Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Saleha Shafie Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Anitha Jeyagurunathan Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Louisa Picco Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Boon Yiang Chua Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747
  • Mythily Subramaniam Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the reliability and validity of the Caregivers’ Needs Checklist for Dementia (CNCD) in a community sample of informal caregivers. A 26-item self-administered CNCD was developed following focus group discussions with caregivers of people with dementia and expert panel discussions.


Sample comprised 109 caregivers of older adults with dementia who had completed the CNCD during a national survey. Construct validity of the CNCD was established through exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and its reliability was investigated with Cronbach’s alpha statistics. Criterion validity was explored by testing a priori hypotheses through correlations.


The mean (SD) age of the caregivers was 55.9 (10.0) years, the majority was aged between 50-64 years (62.4%), women (61.5%) and Chinese (51.4%). EFA identified five factors -information,  access to services,  availability of services,  other formal support services and


informal support, which accounted for 66% of the total variance. High Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were observed for the measure (0.92) and its five factor-based sub-scales, which ranged from 0.78 to 0.93. Correlations with validity measures provided acceptable evidence for its criterion validity. Study findings suggest that the CNCD is a valid and reliable measure for identifying unmet needs of dementia caregivers and can potentially be used as a screening measure by service providers in routine practice. Further research in larger samples is necessary to confirm its psychometric properties.

Author Biographies

Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Assistant Director, MSc

Research Division

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Edimansyah Abdin, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Principal Biostatistician, PhD

Research Division

Siow Ann Chong, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Vice Chairman Medical Board (Research)/ Senior Consultant, MMed, MD, FAMS

Research Division

Rajeswari Sambasivam, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Senior Executive, BSc

Research Division

Saleha Shafie, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Senior Research Officer, BSocSci

Research Division

Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Senior Research Officer, MPhil

Research Division

Louisa Picco, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Manager, MPH

Research Division

Boon Yiang Chua, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Data Manager, Master of Bioinformatics

Research Division

Mythily Subramaniam, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore 539747

Director (Research), MBBS, MHSM, PhD

Research Division

Published
2018-01-15
How to Cite
VAINGANKAR, Janhavi Ajit et al. Validity and reliability of the caregivers’ Needs Checklist for Dementia. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, jan. 2018. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <http://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/31>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2018.

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