Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI)

BioPsychoSocial Assessment Tools for the Elderly - Assessment Summary Sheet

Test: Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI)

Year: 1989

Domain: Social

Assessment Tool Category: Caregiving

Variations/Translations: Slightly modified version by Caserta, Lund, & Wright (1996). Also, a Chinese version by Chou et al., 2002.

Setting: Community

Method of Delivery: Questionnaire. Can be self-administered or administered by researcher.

Description: 24-item multi-dimensional questionnaire measuring caregiver burden with 5 subscales: (a) Time Dependence; (b) Developmental; (c) Behaviour; (d) Physical Burden; (e) Social Burden; (f) Emotional Burden. Scores for each item are evaluated using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 0 (not at all disruptive) to 4 (very disruptive).

Scoring/Interpretation: All of the scores on the 24-item scale are summed and a total score >36 indicates a risk of “burning out” whereas scores near or slightly above 24 indicate a need to seek some form of respite care.

Time to Administer: Approximately 10-15 minutes

Availability: Self-administered test available online

Software: SPSS


Quantitative/Qualitative: Quantitative

Validity (Quantitative): All 5-factors explained 66% of the variance. Each individual factor explained 9%-12% of the variance.

Reliability (Quantitative): Internal consistency reliability of each factor 0.85, 0.85, 0.86, 0.73, and 0.77, respectively.


Caserta, M. S., Lund, D. A., & Wright, S. D. (1996). Exploring the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI): Further evidence for a multidimensional view of burden. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 43(1), 21-34.

Chou, K. R., Jiann-Chyun, L., & Chu, H. (2002). The reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Caregiver Burden Inventory. Nursing Research, 51(5), 324-331.

Novak, M. & Guest, C. I. (1989). Application of a multidimensional Care-giver Burden Inventory. Gerontologist, 29, 798-803.

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