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Open Access Development and Validation of the Double Duty Caregiving Scale Conception et validation d'un instrument de mesure de la double tâche en matière de prestation des soins

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In order to gain an understanding of double duty caregiving (DDC), defined here as the provision of care to elderly relatives by practising health professionals, a DDC scale has been developed. This study tests the psychometric properties of the scale. Survey data were collected from a random sample of 187 female registered nurses who were employed and also provided care to elderly relatives. Nine factors contributing to DDC emerged from exploratory factor analysis. The DDC subscales were moderately correlated with the standardized health measures included in the study. The caregiving interface (degree of blurring between the professional and personal caregiving domains) was significantly negatively correlated with well-being and mental health. This result extends our understanding of the supports needed by those providing DDC.

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Les auteurs ont mis au point un instrument de mesure qui vise à élargir les connaissances sur la double tâche en matière de prestation des soins. Par double tâche, on entend la prestation de soins à des proches âgés par des professionnels de la santé qui exercent activement leur profession. L'étude présentée ici visait à vérifier les propriétés psychométriques de l'instrument en question. Les données ont été recueillies auprès d'un échantillon aléatoire de 187 infirmières autorisées de sexe féminin, qui occupent un emploi et dispensent aussi des soins à un proche âgé. Neuf facteurs contribuant à la double tâche ressortent de l'analyse exploratoire. On a relevé une corrélation moyenne entre les sous-échelles de mesure et les mesures normalisées sur la santé incluses dans l'étude. Également, on a constaté une forte corrélation négative entre l'interface vie privée – vie professionnelle en matière de prestation des soins (soit la mesure dans laquelle la frontière entre sphères professionnelle et personnelle s'efface), et le bien-être et la santé mentale. Ces résultats confirment le point de vue des auteurs sur les mesures nécessaires pour soutenir les personnes amenées à assumer une double tâche en matière de prestation des soins.

Keywords: CAREGIVING; FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE; INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT; WORK-FAMILY INTERFACE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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