Conceptualization and Measurement of Doing Family Caregiving Well

Karen L. Schumacher, Barbara J. Stewart, Patricia G. Archbold

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Purpose: To review progress in the conceptualization and measurement of five concepts related to doing family caregiving well: caregiving mastery, self-efficacy, competence, preparedness, and quality. Families are increasingly involved in providing complex care to ill or aged family members at home. Their ability to do caregiving well is vitally important and a focus of nursing practice in many clinical settings. Organizing framework: Concepts were organized into two groups: those that refer to caregivers' perceptions of how well they are providing care and those that refer to professional assessment of the quality of care provided. Sources: Family caregiving literature from nursing, gerontology, psychology, and social work, 1987-1996. Findings: There is growing interest in doing family caregiving well. However, research in this area is limited by the current state of development of ideas and measures. Conclusions: Two issues that should be addressed to advance research are the perspective taken on doing caregiving well and change over time in doing caregiving well. @1998, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • Caregiving
  • Concepts
  • Family
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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