Ethnic differences in beliefs regarding alzheimer disease among dementia family caregivers

Heather L. Gray, Daniel E. Jimenez, Michael A. Cucciare, Hui Qi Tong, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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OBJECTIVE:: The purpose of this study was to examine ethnic differences in female dementia family caregivers' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS:: Baseline data were collected from 215 female caregivers before their participation in various psychoeducational intervention programs. Caregivers were questioned about the epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of AD. Logistic regressions and one-way analysis of variance were conducted to assess ethnic differences. RESULTS:: Hispanic and Chinese caregivers were more likely to believe that AD is a normal part of aging and that AD can be diagnosed by a blood test than the white group. These beliefs about AD may delay help-seeking activities for these patients and their family caregivers. CONCLUSION:: Increased public education about AD is needed in these communities. Results are discussed in terms of barriers to accessing information about AD and ways to improve public informational outreach activities, so that the intended audiences are reached more effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-933
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • AD
  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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