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Table 1 Characteristics of the informal caregivers

From: Screening for caregivers at risk: Extended validation of the short version of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers (BSFC-s) with a valid classification system for caregivers caring for an older person at home

Characteristic Total (n = 386)
Age, M (SD) 61.3 (12.2)
Women, number (%) 295 (76.4)
Gainfully employed, number (%) 157 (40.7)
Highest educational qualification, number (%)
 University degree 39 (10.1)
 Advanced school-leaving examination (Abitur)/technical Abitur 32 (8.3)
 “Realschule” (Middle School) 201 (52.1)
 Primary school/“Hauptschule” (lower secondary school) 112 (29.0)
 No school-leaving qualification 2 (0.5)
Relationship (to care recipient is …), number (%)
 Father/Mother 188 (48.7)
 Father-/Mother-in-law 46 (11.9)
 Spouse or life companion 136 (35.2)
 Other relative 12 (3.1)
 Not a relative (friend, acquaintance, neighbor) 4 (1.0)
Living together, number (%) 270 (69.9)
Duration of care in months, M (SD) 52.8 (51.5)
BSFC-s, M (SD) (range: 0 to 30) 16.1 (7.8)
CarerQol, M (SD) (range: 0 to 14) 7.9 (2.8)
CSI, M (SD) (range: 0 to 13) 7.4 (2.8)
PHQ-9, M (SD) (range: 0 to 27) 8.0 (5.1)
GBB-24, M (SD) (range: 0 to 96) 27.2 (17.1)
BIZA-D, M (SD) (range: 0 to 20) 12.3 (3.8)
ADLs, M (SD) (range: 0 to 17) 3.1 (2.2)
IADLs, M (SD) (range: 0 to 17) 3.4 (2.2)
  1. Note. M mean, SD standard deviation, range the possible ranges of each scale, BSFC-s short version of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers, CSI Caregiver Strain Index, CarerQol Care-related Quality of Life instrument, BIZA-D Berlin Inventory of Caregivers’ Burden with Dementia Patients, PHQ-9 Depression module of the Patient Health Questionnaire, GBB-24 Giessen Subjective Complaints List (short form), ADLs Activities of Daily Living, IADLs Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
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