The use of Moryczs desire-to-institutionalize scale across three racial/ethnic groups

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  • Objectives: The objectives of this study were to assess the dimensionality and reliability of a frequently used scale for predicting the desire to institutionalize among White, African American, and Hispanic caregivers of persons with dementia. Method: Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and reliability analyses were performed on a slightly modified version of Moryczs (1985) Desire to Institutionalize (DTI) scale separately for each racial group using data from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimers Caregiver Health (REACH) II study (Belle et al., 2006). Results: The EFA revealed a one-factor structure that was equivalent across all racial groups. The scale demonstrated moderate reliability with KR-20 alpha of.694 for Whites,.742 for African Americans, and.767 for Hispanics. Discussion: Findings suggest that Moryczs DTI scale is a consistently reliable measure for assessing the desire to institutionalize across White, African American, and Hispanic dementia caregivers. © The Author(s) 2011.
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  • McCaskill GM; Burgio LD; Decoster J; Roff LL
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  • 195
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  • 202
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  • 23
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  • 1