The Finding Meaning Through Caregiving Scale (FMTC)
Author of Tool:
Farran, C. J., Miller, B. H., Kaufman, J. E., Donner, E., Fogg, L.
Farran, C. J., Miller, B. H., Kaufman, J. E., Donner, E., & Fogg, L. (1999). Finding meaning through caregiving: development of an instrument for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. J Clin Psychol. Sep, 55(9), 1107-25.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Finding Meaning through Caregiving Scale (FMTC) is a 43-item questionnaire rated on a 5 point Likert-type scale. The items cover three domains: powerlessness/loss, provisional meaning, and ultimate meaning. The purpose of the scale is to measure the positive rather than the – often emphasised- negative aspects.
Caregiving is typically voluntary work carried out by the relative of a patient. Research has tended to focus on the negative aspects of caregiving which can be considerable when a caregiver with little or no experience is faced with the full time care of a patient with specific needs. Additionally, this can be accompanied by financial worries as caregiving is often fulltime work requiring expenditure coupled with a loss or earnings. However, for many, caregiving also provides a sense of meaningfulness, and they derive a sense of wellbeing from knowing that they are performing a vital and caring role for a loved one. The Finding Meaning through Caregiving Scale (FMTC) allows researcher to measure this positive aspect of caregiving.
The psychometric properties of the Finding Meaning Through Caregiving Scale (FMTC) are discussed in Farran, Miller, Kaufman, Donner, & Fogg (1999).