Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
F. R. Ferraro
Guided by the Sociocultural Health Belief Model (SHBM) of dementia care-seeking, this study aimed to evaluate the role of several factors, including health system barriers, cultural beliefs and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, in predicting help-seeking intentions for early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). Participant recruitment and study procedures took place online. Participants completed a series of online surveys designed to assessed predictor variables from the proposed model and help-seeking intentions from several care sources (i.e., informal, traditional, and biomedical). A total of 118 participants were included in the final sample. Three-step hierarchical regressions were conducted to evaluate the ability of the proposed model to predict help-seeking intentions for each type of care source. Results found the proposed model was significant in predicting help-seeking intentions for biomedical sources, but for predicting help-seeking intentions from informal or traditional sources. Alzheimer’s disease factual knowledge was found to be a significant predictor in biomedical help-seeking intentions. Results from this study contributed to our knowledge of how Alzheimer’s disease is understood by AI/ANs and may be useful for guiding future research and interventions related to timely recognition and care of Alzheimer’s disease in AI/ANs communities.
Arch, Autumn, "Variables Influencing Help-Seeking Intentions For Early Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s Disease In An American Indian And Alaska Native Sample" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3366.