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A pilot evaluation of the Family Caregiver Support Program


  • Chen, Ya-Mei
  • Hedrick, Susan C.
  • Young, Heather M.


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.

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  • Chen, Ya-Mei & Hedrick, Susan C. & Young, Heather M., 2010. "A pilot evaluation of the Family Caregiver Support Program," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 113-119, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:33:y:2010:i:2:p:113-119

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