As healthcare continues to move into home settings, it is important not only to assess the skills and capacity of caregivers to provide care, but also to address caregiver well-being
and health in order to prevent more serious health problems for families in the long-term.
Stress process models have been widely used to examine the relationship among caregiving stressors, possible psychological resources, and caregiver well-being.
In addition, increased symptom management resulted in increased perception of caregiver well-being.
The Caregiver Well-Being Scale measures caregiver well-being from a strengths-based perspective by assessing caregivers' basic human needs and satisfaction with activities of daily living.
Interest in overall caregiver well-being, specifically caregivers' positive experiences, has emerged (Kramer, 1997b).
This article describes efforts to validate the Caregiver Well-Being Scale further (Tebb, 1995).
The Caregiver Well-Being Scale (Tebb, 1995) enables social workers to identify and optimize caregivers' strengths.
Measures designed to assess positive aspects of caregiver well-being suggest that caregiving can be a positive experience.
Using structural equation modeling, the authors validated two scales used in the caregiving literature: Caregiver Well-Being Scale and Caregiver Strain Index.
SEM is presented as an additional method to evaluate the reliability and validity of caregiver well-being and strain.
The only measure of caregiver well-being that correlates with a caregiving outcome (in-home service use) is caregivers' social activities.
Caregiver well-being has emerged as an alternative for measuring the caregiving experience.