Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Latinas' attitudes toward completing advance directives and making end-of-life decisions
by Ramirez, Martha A., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 105; 1490410
Abstract (Summary)

Latinos are the largest minority population in the United States, and are less likely to have completed advance directives or have end-of-life discussions with family members. Some literature suggests that perhaps family-centered decision-making utilized by ethnic minorities is a strong factor. Additionally, the emphasis of advance care planning on individual autonomy appears to be contradictory to Latinos values of familial decision making. This study utilized an exploratory qualitative design to explore attitudes and perceptions about advance care planning by Latinas. Results from the 16 interviews with Latinas reflected that most Latinas have not completed an advance directive and supports current literature finding. Implications for social work addressed the need to involve the family unit when attempting to obtain decisions related to end-of-life, instead of soliciting the individual for a decision.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Ethnic studies
Publication Number: 1490410
ISBN: 978-1-124-55024-4
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