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Construction and psychometric analysis of an inventory of social skills for caregivers of elderly relatives

Grant number: 12/00907-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Fundamentals and Assessments in Psychology
Principal Investigator:Elizabeth Joan Barham
Grantee:Francine Náthalie Ferraresi Rodrigues Queluz
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/25158-9 - Analysis of the psychometric properties of an inventory of social skills for elderly family caregivers, BE.EP.DR


The rise in life expectancy and accompanying increase in the percentage of people with chronic diseases has led to an increase in the probability that we will need to care for an elderly family member. Caring for an elderly person requires learning new information, skills and routines, which often generates considerable stress. According to theories of stress, caregivers' abilities, such as their social skills (SS), affect their effectiveness in dealing with this role. However, instruments currently used to evaluate respondents' SS do not focus on the eldercare context, such that an individual with a high SS score may not have appropriate SS for caring for an elderly person. The aims of this study are to obtain information to construct an instrument to assess SS among eldercare providers and to examine evidence about the psychometric properties of this measure. This research program will involve a series of four studies: a) analysis of previous studies on the use of SS in social interactions involving elderly people; b) structured interviews about the use of SS among eldercare providers, with informants from four different perspectives (N = 100); c) assessment of the semantic validity of the new instrument; and d) evaluation of the internal consistency (via Cronbach's alpha) and external validity (via correlations between the SS scores and measures of the quality of the care provider-care receiver relationship, quality of life, perceptions of burden and number of depressive symptoms). Thus, we expect to develop a tool that can be used to evaluate eldercare providers' SS, and to identify any needs for psychological intervention. (AU)

Scientific publications
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FRANCINE NÁTHALIE FERRARESI RODRIGUES QUELUZ; ELIZABETH JOAN BARHAM; ZILDA APARECIDA PEREIRA DEL PRETTE. The Relationship Between Social Skills and Psychosocial Adjustment Among Those who Care for Older Adults. Paidéia, v. 29, p. -, 2019.
FRANCINE NÁTHALIE FERRARESI RODRIGUES QUELUZ; ELIZABETH JOAN BARHAM; ZILDA APARECIDA PEREIRA DEL PRETTE; ACÁCIA APARECIDA ANGELI DOS SANTOS. Inventário de Habilidades Sociais para Cuidadores Familiares de Idosos (ihs-ci): Relações com Indicadores de Bem-Estar Psicológico. Trends in Psychology, v. 26, n. 2, p. -, Jun. 2018.
FRANCINE NÁTHALIE FERRARESI RODRIGUES PINTO; ELIZABETH JOAN BARHAM; ZILDA APARECIDA PEREIRA DEL PRETTE. Interpersonal Conflicts Among Family Caregivers of the Elderly: The Importance of Social Skills. Paidéia, v. 26, n. 64, p. 161-170, Ago. 2016.

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