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Table 2 Item statistics for the Anticipatory Grief Scale (n = 270)

From: Psychometric evaluation of the anticipatory grief scale in a sample of family caregivers in the context of palliative care

  Score distribution, % a
Strongly disagree (1) Disagree (2) Somewhat agree (3) Agree (4) Strongly agree (5) Missing data Mdn (q1-q3) ITC b
1. I daydream about how life with my relative was before the diagnosis of incurable illness was made. 15.2 14.8 29.0 20.4 20.4 0.4 3 (2–4) 0.603
2. I feel close to my relative who has incurable illness. 0.74 0.0 7.44 27.8 63.7 0.8 5 (4–5) 0.069
3. I seem to be more irritable since the diagnosis of incurable illness was made for my relative. 20.7 24.4 28.5 17.8 8.2 0.3 3 (2–4) 0.565
4. I am preoccupied with thoughts about my relative and his or her illness. 1.9 9.6 23.7 30.4 33.7 0.7 4 (3–5) 0.565
5. I have discovered new personal resources since my relative’s illness was diagnosed. 11.1 21.1 27.8 25.9 13.7 0.3 3 (2–4) −0.094
6. I very much miss my relative the way he or she used to be. 5.6 11.1 19.6 23.0 40.4 0.4 4 (3–5) 0.442
7. I have felt very much alone since the diagnosis of incurable illness was made for my relative. 27.8 28.2 22.2 11.5 9.6 0.7 2 (1–3) 0.626
8. I am able to move ahead with my life. 3.7 10.7 29.6 35.9 18.5 1.5 4 (3–4) 0.453
9. I blame myself for my relative’s illness. 81.1 11.1 4.4 1.9 1.1 0.8 1 (1–1) 0.444
10. I find it hard to concentrate on my work since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness. 20.7 20.4 33.0 19.0 6.7 0.4 3 (2–4) 0.668
11. I have the personal resources to help me cope with my relative and his or her illness. 2.6 10.8 35.2 38.6 11.9 1.1 4 (3–4) 0.444
12. I have periods of tearfulness as I think about my relative’s illness. 4.4 8.5 18.5 25.9 42.2 0.3 4 (3–5) 0.583
13. I feel detached from my relative. 62.6 24.4 9.6 2.2 0.3 0.7 1 (1–2) 0.456
14. I feel a need to talk to others regarding my relative’s illness. 10.0 11.1 33.7 30.0 14.8 0.4 3 (3–4) 0.315
15. I feel it is unfair that my relative has incurable illness. 10.4 11.9 13.7 20.4 43.0 0.7 4 (3–5) 0.449
16. I find it hard to sleep since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness. 19.0 21.1 34.1 14.9 10.8 0.8 3 (2–4) 0.637
17.No one will ever take the place of my relative in my life. 5.2 5.6 16.7 15.2 57.0 0.4 5 (3–5) 0.208
18. I avoid some people since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness. 62.6 15.6 10.4 8.2 3.0 0.4 1 (1–2) 0.552
19. I feel I have adjusted to my relative’s illness. 3.3 8.2 35.2 32.6 20.4 0.4 4 (3–4) 0.145
20. Since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness, I find it more difficult to get along with certain people. 50.8 23.7 16.0 7.8 0.8 1.1 1 (1–2) 0.558
21. I wonder what my life would be like if my relative had not been diagnosed with incurable illness. 32.2 18.2 20.4 14.4 13.7 1.1 2 (1–4) 0.614
22. I feel more competent since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness. 38.2 31.1 19.6 8.2 1.5 1.5 2 (1–3) −0.019
23. I get angry when I think about my relative having incurable illness. 28.9 23.0 22.6 10.4 14.4 0.8 2 (1–3.5) 0.534
24. Since my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness, I don’t feel interested in keeping up with the day-to-day activities (TV, newspapers, friends). 45.2 26.0 19.3 7.4 1.9 0.4 2 (1–3) 0.670
25.I am unable to accept the fact that my relative is diagnosed with incurable illness. 20.0 27.0 23.8 17.4 11.5 0.4 3 (2–4) 0.605
26.I am now functioning about as well as before my relative was diagnosed with incurable illness. 11.1 26.0 31.9 21.1 9.6 0.4 3 (2–4) 0.607
27.I am planning for the future. 17.4) 24.1 31.9 13.3 12.6 0.8 3 (2–4) 0.377
  1. a Floor and/or ceiling are marked with bold, defined if more than 20% of the participants used the lowest and/or highest possible scores
  2. b Item-total correlations based on polyserial correlations, adjusted for overlaps