Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Native Hawaiians'/ Pacific Islanders' Experience of Unpaid Caregiving of a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
by Palau, Gretchen E., Psy.D., John F. Kennedy University, 2016, 89; 10190442
Abstract (Summary)

Using qualitative analysis, this research examined the experience of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander unpaid caregiving to a person with Alzheimer’s disease. In-depth interviews with 8 self-identified Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander caregivers explored the experience of caregiving and the factors that influence their caregiving. Employing conventional content analysis, five categorical themes emerged describing the caregivers’ experiences of providing care. Themes were identified as: (1) Care of the patient, and keeping the patient at home, (2) Caregiving and the impact on the family, (3) Hawaiian culture and filial caregiving, (4) Loving relationships including the patient and other family members, and (5) Making meaning from the disease. A more comprehensive study of these themes was undertaken to reveal factors that influenced caregiving. Findings from this study have important implications for practitioners working with Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other senile dementias and their caregivers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McLean, Alvin
Commitee: Magraw, Sukie
School: John F. Kennedy University
Department: Graduate and Professional Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Native American studies, Health care management
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, Caregivers, Hawaii natives, Pacific islanders
Publication Number: 10190442
ISBN: 978-0-355-13375-2
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