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A Chinese Version of the Meaning in Caregiving Scale: An Assessment of Its Reliability and Validity

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PURPOSE. 

To evaluate the reliability and construct validity of the Meaning in Caregiving Scale (MICS) by confirmatory factor analysis and to explore whether the MICS meets the goodness-of-fit criteria for the 3-factor model. DESIGN AND METHODS. 

Four hundred and eighty subjects in Taiwan were recruited. The hypothesized confirmatory factor analysis model specifies the items to measure the reordering priority, relationship fidelity, and transcendent belief as indicators of latent factors. FINDINGS. 

The data show that the hypothesized 3-factor model does not fit the data well and indicate that the 3 factors might share a high-order common factor. Cross-cultural issues may account for this shortcoming. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. 

This scale offers better understanding around caregivers for psychiatric patients and the issues they face.
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Keywords: AMOS; caregiver; confirmatory factor analysis; meaning of caregiving; schizophrenia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: College of Nursing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan 2: Department of Nursing, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan 3: Nursing Department, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung Taiwan

Publication date: 01 April 2009

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