The Caregiver Vigilance Scale: application and validation in the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project. Academic Article uri icon


  • This article reports on the measurement properties of Caregiver Vigilance, a four-item caregiver self-report of perceived oversight demand for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders family caregiving. The self-report uses data from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project, a multisite National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored study of over 1,200 family caregivers. Results indicate that the items were clearly understood by the racially/ethnically diverse respondents; and, when responses were transformed into a summary scale and analyzed, unidimensionality was evident and internal consistency reliability favorably demonstrated. We suggest using the Caregiver Vigilance Scale in conjunction with traditional burden measures to systematically include the caregiving time associated with protectively watching over care recipients and the daily duration of this responsibility. We also highlight the practical utility of selected items for potential use in the caregiver assessment process.

published proceedings

  • Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen

author list (cited authors)

  • Mahoney, D. F., Jones, R. N., Coon, D. W., Mendelsohn, A. B., Gitlin, L. N., & Ory, M.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Mahoney, Diane Feeney||Jones, Richard N||Coon, David W||Mendelsohn, Aaron B||Gitlin, Laura N||Ory, Marcia

publication date

  • January 2003