The Finding Meaning Through Caregiving Scale (FMTC)

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Author of Tool: 

Farran, C. J., Miller, B. H., Kaufman, J. E., Donner, E., Fogg, L.

Key references: 

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.

Background: 

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.

Psychometrics: 

The psychometric properties of the Finding Meaning Through Caregiving Scale (FMTC) are discussed in Farran, Miller, Kaufman, Donner, & Fogg (1999).

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Files: 

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.397

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