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Association Between Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms In Persons With Alzheimer's Disease And Depression In Caregivers From Low Income Families, Weizhou Tang Jul 2019

Association Between Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms In Persons With Alzheimer's Disease And Depression In Caregivers From Low Income Families, Weizhou Tang

Theses and Dissertations

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease and is a leading cause of dementia. Behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPS) represent a heterogeneous group of non-cognitive symptoms and behaviors occurring in persons with Alzheimer’s disease (PwAD), and they are often associated with negative outcomes for AD caregivers. Evidence indicates differences in caregivers’ mental health across race/ethnic groups. However, there is a lack of research that compares racial differences in the association between BPS in PwAD and caregiver depression. The aims of this dissertation, which are grounded in the Stress Process Model, include: 1) To compare racial ...


Gender Differences In Caregiver Burden Among Alzheimer's Patients, Janet Shin Yi Torres Jun 2018

Gender Differences In Caregiver Burden Among Alzheimer's Patients, Janet Shin Yi Torres

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to explore the gender differences in caregiver burden in Alzheimer’s patients in the Inland Empire. Currently, there are more than half a million Californians who live with Alzheimer’s disease (Ross, Brennan, Nazareno, & Fox, 2009) and this number is expected to double over the next few years. Due to an increase in the older population and the rise of informal caregivers, the study provided insight as to how males and females perceive caregiver burden and how each gender responds to caregiver burden. This exploratory study utilized a quantitative research design through the use ...


Asian Americans’ Concerns And Plans About Alzheimer's Disease: The Role Of Exposure, Literacy And Cultural Beliefs, Yuri Jang, Hyumwoo Yoon, Nan Sook Park, Min-Kyoung Rhee, David A. Chiriboga Mar 2018

Asian Americans’ Concerns And Plans About Alzheimer's Disease: The Role Of Exposure, Literacy And Cultural Beliefs, Yuri Jang, Hyumwoo Yoon, Nan Sook Park, Min-Kyoung Rhee, David A. Chiriboga

Social Work Faculty Publications

Responding to the increase of the Asian American population and the growing imperative to address issues on Alzheimer's disease (AD) in diverse populations, this study examined Asian Americans’ concerns about AD (both concerns about one's own development of AD and about becoming an AD caregiver) and plans for AD. Focus was given on exploring the role of AD exposure, AD literacy and cultural beliefs about AD in predicting AD‐related concerns and plans. Using data from 2,609 participants in the 2015 Asian American Quality of Life survey (aged 18–98), logistic regression models of three outcome measures ...


Individuals With Dementia In Respite Care: Longitudinal Changes In Anxiety, Social Engagement, And Problem Behaviors, Rachael Elizabeth Mills Jan 2016

Individuals With Dementia In Respite Care: Longitudinal Changes In Anxiety, Social Engagement, And Problem Behaviors, Rachael Elizabeth Mills

LSU Master's Theses

Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia commonly referred to as persons with dementia (PWD), often experience behavioral and psychological symptoms as a result of the disease process. With no cure for AD and no way to prevent the onset of this disease, studies are analyzing methods to manage the symptoms of this disease. Previous literature on the effect of social adult day models is limited, especially pertaining to particular symptoms linked to this disease. This study explored three presenting symptoms associated with AD: anxiety, problem behaviors, and social engagement. Using a secondary data analysis, a sample of 30 ...


Exploring The Use Of Mindfulness With Individuals Diagnosed With Alzheimer’S Disease, Gina L. Hemmesch May 2015

Exploring The Use Of Mindfulness With Individuals Diagnosed With Alzheimer’S Disease, Gina L. Hemmesch

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This is a progressive disease with no cure. Are there interventions available to give individuals with Alzheimer’s disease hope? One such intervention is the use of Mindfulness practices. The purpose of this research is to explore how professionals working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease use mindfulness in their practice and what the benefits of using mindfulness may be. Using a qualitative design, three participant were interviewed who use mindfulness with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The data was analyze using inductive coding of ...


Exploring The Use Of Mindfulness With Individuals Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease, Gina L. Hemmesch Jan 2015

Exploring The Use Of Mindfulness With Individuals Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease, Gina L. Hemmesch

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

Alzheimer's disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This is a progressive disease with no cure. Are there interventions available to give individuals with Alzheimer's disease hope? One such intervention is the use of Mindfulness practices. The purpose of this research is to explore how professionals working with individuals with Alzheimer's disease use mindfulness in their practice and what the benefits of using mindfulness may be. Using a qualitative design, three participant were interviewed who use mindfulness with individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The data was analyze using inductive coding of ...


Empowering Caregivers Of Persons With Alzheimer's Disease Through Psychoeducation Of Community Services, Lindsay S. Walker Jan 2015

Empowering Caregivers Of Persons With Alzheimer's Disease Through Psychoeducation Of Community Services, Lindsay S. Walker

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

This qualitative study examined the ways social workers empower caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD), through psychoeducational interventions of community services. Social workers in the field of aging may be the only informant of available support services for persons facing AD, so caregivers should not be overlooked while providing resources. Data was collected through nine semi-structured interviews to analyze the personal experience of social workers currently working with caregivers of persons with AD. This study interpreted the findings through deductive analysis of common themes from the interviews. The four themes from this study were: causes of caregiver burden ...


The Importance Of Cultural Competency In Alzheimer’S Disease Care Giving, Jacquelyn M. Lotter May 2012

The Importance Of Cultural Competency In Alzheimer’S Disease Care Giving, Jacquelyn M. Lotter

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

While the importance of cultural sensitivity has been actively researched in healthcare settings, there is little research about the importance of culture as it relates to people with Alzheimer’s disease. As the most common cause of dementia, there are currently over 5 million Americans over the age of 65 who are believed to have AD and is it expected to increase to over 15 million by 2050. Previous social work research has revealed two major themes in the study of caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease: 1) importance of a familiar environment and 2) management of aggressive responses, both of ...


Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie May 2012

Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie

Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to better understand the effects of caregiver burden as they relate to different dementia diagnoses and the stage of the disease in order to discover appropriate supports and interventions. Potential participants were identified through their use of a specialty memory loss clinic. Using a mixed methodology, respondents completed a survey which included a quantitative measure and qualitative open ended response questions designed to allow the caregiver to expand on their experience. The quantitative portion of this research used the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), a caregiver self-report measure. Diagnosis information and the patient’s Allen ...


Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie Jan 2012

Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

The purpose of this study was to better understand the effects of caregiver burden as they relate to different dementia diagnoses and the stage of the disease in order to discover appropriate supports and interventions. Potential participants were identified through their use of a specialty memory loss clinic. Using a mixed methodology, respondents completed a survey which included a quantitative measure and qualitative open ended response questions designed to allow the caregiver to expand on their experience. The quantitative portion of this research used the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), a caregiver self-report measure. Diagnosis information and the patient’s Allen ...


The Importance Of Cultural Competency In Alzheimer’S Disease Care Giving, Jacquelyn M. Lotter Jan 2012

The Importance Of Cultural Competency In Alzheimer’S Disease Care Giving, Jacquelyn M. Lotter

Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers

While the importance of cultural sensitivity has been actively researched in healthcare settings, there is little research about the importance of culture as it relates to people with Alzheimer’s disease. As the most common cause of dementia, there are currently over 5 million Americans over the age of 65 who are believed to have AD and is it expected to increase to over 15 million by 2050. Previous social work research has revealed two major themes in the study of caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease: 1) importance of a familiar environment and 2) management of aggressive responses, both of ...


The Effects Of Coping Strategies On Burden Among Louisiana Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers, Rhonda Lee Jordan Jan 2012

The Effects Of Coping Strategies On Burden Among Louisiana Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers, Rhonda Lee Jordan

LSU Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between three coping strategies—emotion-focused, task-focused, and avoidance-focused—and the perceived burden among Louisiana Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. This study was a secondary data analysis. The target population was Alzheimer’s disease caregivers in Louisiana. The design for this study was cross-sectional. The instrument was a survey consisting of a demographic section, the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist, the shortened Zarit Burden Interview, and the Coping in Task questionnaire. Most caregivers reported engaging in task-focused coping. Emotion-focused coping and avoidance-focused coping were positively related to burden. No significant relationship ...


Psychometric Evaluation Of A Proposed, Alzheimer's Aggression Scale, Kristina Little Jan 2011

Psychometric Evaluation Of A Proposed, Alzheimer's Aggression Scale, Kristina Little

LSU Master's Theses

Aggressive behavior is a common symptom of mid- to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, causing unique challenges for caregivers and healthcare professionals. In previous research, aggressive behavior related to dementia was linked to higher caregiver distress and burden. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of an aggressive behavior subscale of the Revised Memory and Behavior Problem Checklist (RMBPC) among Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. The subscale measures the frequency of aggressive behavior and the caregiver’s reaction. The sample consisted of 419 caregivers reporting some frequency of aggressive behavior by the care recipient. Exploratory factor analysis was ...


Alzheimer's Caregiving Appraisal, Andre' Fortier Jan 2008

Alzheimer's Caregiving Appraisal, Andre' Fortier

LSU Master's Theses

The purpose of this study is to contribute to the knowledge base of AD caregiving appraisal by understanding a connection of factors that influence caregiving appraisal. It is important for the profession of social work to understand the complexities which may impact the level of care and/or appraisal. A combination of research questions and hypotheses were devised to determine the influence of each factor and/or a combination of factors on caregiving appraisal. The survey comprises of six sections: demographics and stage of AD, burden, resilience, family strengths, ethnic awareness, and caregiving appraisal. The overall survey was designed by ...


Caregiver Burden In The Latino Family, Yvonne Arellanes-Amador Jan 2006

Caregiver Burden In The Latino Family, Yvonne Arellanes-Amador

Theses Digitization Project

The study focused on the attitudes and beliefs regarding perceived and actual burden experienced by Latino caregivers and their use of formal support services. It also looked at the needs of Latino caregivers and explored their beliefs about why they had taken on the caregiver role, the responsibilities the role entailed, and coping skills used by these caregivers. Participants were obtained from two Alzheimer's caregiver support groups in the East Los Angeles area, and an adult day health care center in the high desert area of San Bernardino county. The author used both qualitative interviews and quantitative questionnaires. The ...


Social Work Practice With A Veterans Home Population: A Description Of A Protocol For The Treatment Of Dementia Patients In A Skilled Nursing Facility, Arturo Espinoza Jan 1999

Social Work Practice With A Veterans Home Population: A Description Of A Protocol For The Treatment Of Dementia Patients In A Skilled Nursing Facility, Arturo Espinoza

Theses Digitization Project

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