Self-care self-efficacy correlates with independence in basic activities of daily living in individuals with chronic stroke

Yael Frost, Harold Weingarden, Gabi Zeilig, Ayala Nota, Debbie Rand*

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Background (1) To characterize the self-care self-efficacy (SCSE) of community dwelling individuals with chronic stroke and (2) to determine the contribution of SCSE to the independence in basic and instrumental activities of daily living (BADL and IADL) and the participation of individuals with chronic stroke. SCSE is the confidence in one's own ability to perform self-care activities. Methods This cross-sectional study included fifty community-dwelling individuals mean (SD) age 59.8 (9.3) years, mean (SD) 3.1 (1.7) years post-stroke who were able to walk at least 10 meters. SCSE was assessed using the Stroke Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (SSEQ), BADL was assessed by the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) (interview), the IADL questionnaire assessed IADL and the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities (PASIPD) assessed participation. Correlation and regression analyses were performed after controlling for grip strength, executive functions and gait speed, factors known to influence independence in daily living. Results The mean SCSE level was moderate-high (70%). Significant moderate correlations were found between SCSE to independence in BADL (r =.596, P <.001), IADL (r =.567, P <.001) and participation (r =.340, P <.005). SCSE of our cohort explained 7.4% of the variance of the individual's independence in BADL after controlling for executive functions and gait speed, but did not contribute to their independence in IADL and participation. Conclusions Higher SCSE of individuals with chronic stroke contributes to more independence in BADL. Additional questionnaires regarding self efficacy for IADL should be developed and investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1655
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • IADL
  • depression
  • participation
  • rehabilitation


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