Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors influencing Latino/Hispanic caregivers' perception of the experience of caring for a relative with Alzheimer's disease
by Arevalo-Flechas, Lyda Consuelo, Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2008, 214; 3311328
Abstract (Summary)

Context. The role that culture and language has on a person's perception of the caregiving experience has not been explored. Neither have appropriate instruments been developed to explore the concept of burden that are culturally sensitive and linguistically congruent. Furthermore, there is not a Spanish word that is equivalent to the English word burden.

Aims. (1) To describe the perceptions of the caregiving experience of bilingual (Spanish-English) and monolingual (Spanish) Latino/Hispanic family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). (2) To describe the culturally and linguistically relevant expressions and terminology used by bilingual and monolingual Latino/Hispanic AD family caregivers to identify the consequences of caregiving on their lives.

Methods. Bilingual and monolingual (Spanish) Latino/Hispanic AD caregivers were recruited. An ethnographic approach as described by Spradley was used to interview the caregivers and analyze the data. Grand tour questions and probes were tested during preliminary work to ensure that the descriptive questions and domain analysis were complete. The domain analysis is followed by taxonomic and componential analyses of data generated with structural and contrast questions.

Implications. Findings may enhance the understanding of the concept of burden within the context of the Latino/Hispanic culture. Ultimately, this can result in better interventions to improve the quality of life of Latino/Hispanic AD caregivers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lewis, Sharon L.
School: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-B 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Nursing, Hispanic Americans
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, Burden, Caregiving, Culture, Duty fulfillment, Latinos, Satisfaction
Publication Number: 3311328
ISBN: 9780549619833
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