Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Hurton

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the stressors and experiences of caregivers while providing care to a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The sample for this study consisted of thirty respondents who provide care to demented loved ones. They resided in Fulton County, and Dekalb County, Georgia.

Original instruments consisting of twenty-one questions were mailed to several family support group leaders in the Atlanta Area Chapter Alzheimer’s Association. The results were analyzed utilizing frequency distributions, means, standard deviations and Pearson’s ‘r’ Correlation Coefficient.

The findings of this study revealed that there was no statistically significant relationship between a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and emotional distress experienced by family caregivers.

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