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Authors

  1. Sae-Sia, Wipa RN, PhD
  2. Songwathana, Praneed RN, PhD
  3. Suwanmanee, Manewan RN, MSN

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to investigate predictive factors of caregiver burden among caregivers of assault victims of the unrest situations in southern border provinces of Thailand.

 

Materials and Methods: Self-Report Questionnaire of Family Burden was used to collect the data from 100 family caregivers who cared for assault victims of the Southern unrest. The Barthel Index was used to assess the victims' capability to perform daily living activities. The Cronbach alpha coefficient of the Family Burden questionnaire was 0.96 and the correlation coefficient of the Barthel Index was 0.99. Data were analyzed using mean standard deviation and multiple linear regressions.

 

Results: The victims' capability to perform daily living activities, amount of time giving care, having secondary caregiver, and health status of the caregiver were accounted for 10.3% (R2 = 0.103) of the variance of the caregiving burden (P = .03). The victims' capability to perform daily living activities (P = .01) and having secondary caregiver (P = .03) were significant predictors of caregiver burden.

 

Conclusion: Nurses are recommended to design interventions or strategies to reduce burden among family caregivers as well as enhance victims' capability to function more independently after being assaulted during the unrest.