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Validity and Reliability of Family Burden Interview Schedule in Arabic


Background: The Family Burden Interview Schedule is an extensively used tool to measure burden of care as a result of providing constant care. The tool has been translated and tested for its psychometric properties in previous studies. Assessing perceived burden of care among family caregivers is crucial as it is directly impacted on mental health status, one's wellbeing, coping, emotions, and other personal outcomes.

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the FBIS

Methods: A cross-sectional survey with 325 participants. The reliability of each item was calculated using Cronbach's alpha coefficients and Mean Inter-Item Correlation.

Results: The content validity index of items ranged from 0.87 to 1.00, and the CVI of the overall scale was 0.91. The results of EFA revealed that four factors contribute to explaining 74.6% of total variance in the burden scores. The findings of differences between items in the high-score group (the first 50%) and the low-score group (the last 50%) were significant (p<0.05).

Conclusions: The Arabic version of FBIS is valid and reliable for the evaluation of burden of care.

Nofa Alasmee, Abd Alhadi Hasan*

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