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Children with delayed development have less ability to look after themselves. Self-help thus
increases the burden for their caregivers. This predictive correlational research aimed to examine
factors predicting the burden of caregivers for children with delayed development. Convenience
sampling was used to recruit 76 caregivers of children with delayed development who brought their
children to receive service at the outpatient department of the Child Development and Behavior
Clinic of Rajanukul Institute, Bangkok. Data collection was carried out from May to June 2019. Research
instruments were a demographic questionnaire, the child self-care ability scale, the social support
questionnaire, and the burden of caregivers of children with delayed development questionnaire.
Cronbach’s alpha coeffcients were.85, .92 and .93, respectively. Data were analyzed with descriptive
statistics and multiple linear regression.
Results revealed that child self-care and social support accounted for 39.2% of variance
(adjusted R2 = .375, p < .001) in predicting the burden of caregivers of children with delayed
development. Self-care ability of children accounted for 23.7% (b = -.441, p < .001) of the variance
in caregiver burden, while social support accounted for 15.5% (b = -.396, p < .001).
To enhance the effectiveness of caring for children with delayed development, the fndings
suggest that nurses’ development of interventions to care for children with delayed development
should focus on the child’s self-care ability and social support for caregivers.
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