Validation of the Zarit Burden Interview for Chinese Canadian caregivers

Wing Leung Lai

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The factor structure of a Chinese version of the Zarit Burden Interview was assessed with a random sample of Chinese caregivers in Canada. The results indicated that the latent constructs identified in earlier studies on caregivers did not fit well when tested with Chinese caregivers. Exploratory factor analysis reported a five-factor solution, which accounted for 52.45% of the variance in eigenvalues. Maximum-likelihood confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to assess the generalizability of this five-factor model and a better fit to the observed data was reported. The findings showed that Chinese caregivers had different experiences in providing care. The concept of burden was more than practical challenges and strain; it also included negative feelings such as embarrassment, anger, and uncertainty due to the loss of control over the future of the caring process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Work Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Caregiving burden
  • Family caregivers
  • Zarit Burden Interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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