Purpose: The benefits of respite care in reducing the burden of caregivers of children with disabilities are well known; however, few studies have effectively quantified such benefits. The aim of the present study was to develop and validate a measure for evaluating the benefit of respite care provided to family caregivers of children with disabilities.
Design and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. We distributed a survey questionnaire to 465 family caregivers between March and April 2017. Participants were asked to respond to items regarding benefits of respite care for themselves and their children.
Results: Data in relation to four domains (Child Development, Sense of Peace and Life Fulfillment among Caregivers, Mental Health Support for the Caregiver, and Expansion of Perspectives and Future Vision) were extracted to assess the benefits of using respite care. The full-scale Cronbach's α coefficient was 0.89 and ranged between 0.73 and 0.88 for each individual domain.
Conclusions: The newly developed measure for assessing the benefits of respite care for family caregivers of children with disabilities was highly reliable and valid.; Practice Implications: This objective tool would allow healthcare practitioners to review the quality of respite care they provide and subsequently help them identify ways to improve.