Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 233–242

An Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Burden Assessment Scale with a Sample of African-American Families

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-010-9298-0

Cite this article as:
Guada, J., Land, H. & Han, J. Community Ment Health J (2011) 47: 233. doi:10.1007/s10597-010-9298-0


It remains unclear if the factor structures of commonly used caregiver burden scales normed on white samples are similar with samples from different ethnic communities. Our study tests the factor structure of the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS) using Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) with data from low-income, African American families caring for a family member with schizophrenia. The EFA solution included a 2 factor structure of subjective burden and objective burden with strong loadings demonstrating a clear differentiation between the factors. Our results suggest that low income, African American families appear to experience caregiving burden as one major or broad component in their lives similar to other areas that demand ongoing coping and adaptation. Likewise, the factor structure found with this sample as compared to the factor structure found with white samples suggests differences in the perception of and/or the reporting of burden. Study limitations as well as implications for practice are provided.


Burden Assessment ScaleSchizophreniaAfrican Americana familiesPsychometric propertiesEthnicityCaregiver burden

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State University, College of Social WorkColumbusUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern California, School of Social WorkLos AngelesUSA