Revised Scale for Caregiving Self-Efficacy

Construct: Caregiving self-efficacy

Deep breathDescription of Measure: Self-efficacy is a construct from Social Learning Theory, and refers to a subjective belief that a person has about his or her ability to successfully carry out certain kinds of behavior. This measure (Steffen, McKibbin, Zeiss, Gallagher-Thompson, & Bandura, 2002) contains 15 items within 3 subscales (self-efficacy for obtaining respite, responding to disruptive patient behaviors, and controlling upsetting thoughts about caregiving). Items are rated on a 0-100 scale for current beliefs, with the stem of “How confident are you that you…”, and with items such as “Can ask a friend/family member to stay with _______ for a day when you need to see a doctor for yourself?”

The article available in the link below provides means and standard deviations for each item and extensive information on reliability and validity. Alpha coefficients are over .8 for each of the three subscales.

The manuscript describing the measure, and its psychometric features, is publicly available on the web.


Steffen, A. M.,McKibbin, C., Zeiss, A. M., Gallagher-Thompson, D. and Bandura, A.(2002). The revised scale for caregiving self-efficacy: reliability and validity studies. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 57, 74–86.