ERIC Number: EJ871191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
A Pilot Evaluation of the Family Caregiver Support Program
Chen, Ya-Mei; Hedrick, Susan C.; Young, Heather M.
Evaluation and Program Planning, v33 n2 p113-119 May 2010
The purposes of this study were to evaluate a federal and state-funded Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) and explore what types of caregiver support service are associated with what caregiver outcomes. Information was obtained on a sample of 164 caregivers' use of eleven different types of support service. Descriptive and comparative analyses were used to detect the differences between users and nonusers of caregiver support services. Six measures included were caregiving appraisal scale, caregiving burden, caregiving mastery, caregiving satisfaction, hour of care, and service satisfaction. Using consulting and education services is associated with lessening of subjective burden; using financial support services is associated with more beneficial caregiver appraisal, such as better caregiver mastery. The findings are practical and helpful for future caregiver service and program development and evaluation and policy making for supporting caregivers. In addition, the evaluation method demonstrated in the study provided a simple and moderately effective method for service agencies which would like to evaluate their family caregiver support services. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Caregivers, Evaluation Methods, Program Development, Financial Support, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Family Programs, Federal Programs, State Programs, Comparative Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Public Agencies, Correlation, Use Studies, Social Support Groups, Social Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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