Date of Award

5-1-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer

Third Advisor

Dr. Toslyn Harper

Abstract

This study examines social factors associated with the disproportionately higher incidence of Alzheimer's disease in the African American population. Ninety participants were selected for the study utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The survey participants were composed of primary care givers of Alzheimer's clients. The findings of the study indicated that socio-economic factors were a significant variable in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's' disease. Respondents 65.9% reported that participation in research was not equally shared by all ethnicities. The results of the study revealed that 56.8% of respondents allowed patients to remain in the home due to support of other family members. The finding of access to health care was measured by information on medication and health care alternatives being provided to the care giver at the time of the diagnosis. Respondents (61.2%) reported no information given at the time of the diagnosis. The research findings related to stressors of caregivers of Alzheimer's patients were not found to be significant.