Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Seokwon Jin, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Eyitayo Onifade, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Corinne Warrener, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examines how knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are associated with experiences of caregivers working with AD patients at long-term care facilities in the United States. This study was found understanding the relationships is important to provide a quality of healthcare services for optimal health outcomes among AD patients. This study employed a cross-sectional paper-pencil survey to collect the data. The survey asked participants to self-report quantitative information as to social demographics, knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes (independent variables) of AD, and perceived experiences (dependent variable) of caregivers working with AD patients at long-term care facilities. This result showed positive relationship between the perceived experience of the AD caregivers and all the three variables. While the relationships were not significant. The findings of the study provided implications for scale work practice, police, and research.

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