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Adult Children Caring for a Parent with Korsakoff’s Syndrome: A Qualitative Study
by Auslander, Jessica Levy, Ph.D., Capella University, 2020, 184; 28260534
Abstract (Summary)

Korsakoff’s syndrome (KS) is a debilitating psychoneurological disorder that can occur in adults with alcohol use disorder (AUD). People with KS experience a sudden onset of symptoms that include confabulation, anterograde and retrograde amnesias, apathy, issues with vision and gait, and lack of insight into their condition. The adult child of the parent with alcohol-induced KS may need to take on the role of caregiver, regardless of the status of the relationship with their parent. While there is a rich literature base in the areas of adult children of parents with AUD and caregiving, there are no studies that have explored the experiences of adult children caring for a parent with alcohol-induced Korsakoff’s syndrome. Eight adult children caring for a parent with alcohol-induced KS in the United States participated in this generic qualitative study. Inductive analysis was used to examine the data. Five themes emerged: addiction and the adult child, experiencing caregiver burden, experiencing a variety of emotions, professional healthcare experiences, and observations of symptoms. These themes emerged over seven anchor events in their caregiving experiences: interactions with their parent pre-diagnosis, parent’s medical emergency, hospitalization, diagnosis, housing, legal, and financial. The results provide a foundation for future research in the areas of KS, caregiving, and adult children of parents with AUD. They also provide a basis to inform the development of interventions with this population and demonstrate a need for more awareness of KS among healthcare professionals.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doogan, Mike, Piotrowski, Nancy
Commitee: Ofei-DoDoo, Samuel, Turner, Daniel
School: Capella University
Department: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Mental health
Keywords: Adult child, Alcohol use disorder, Caregiver, Family, Korsakoff's syndrome
Publication Number: 28260534
ISBN: 9798557050227
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