The influence of ethnicity and culture on dementia caregiving

A review of empirical studies on Chinese Americans

Fei Sun, Rebecca Ong, Denise Burnette

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to pinpoint the cultural and ethnic influences on dementia caregiving in Chinese American families through a systemic review and analysis of published research findings. Eighteen publications on Chinese American dementia family caregivers published in peer-reviewed journals between 1990 and early 2011 were identified. Based on a systematic database search and review process, we found that caregivers' beliefs concerning dementia and the concept of family harmony as evidenced through the practice of filial piety are permeating cultural values, which together affect attitudes toward research and help-seeking behaviors (ie, seeking information on diagnosis and using formal services). There is also evidence to suggest that these cultural beliefs impinge on key elements of the caregiving process, including caregivers' appraisal of stress, coping strategies, and informal and formal support. The study concludes with recommendations for future research and practice with the Chinese American population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

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Keywords

  • Chinese Americans
  • culture
  • dementia
  • family caregiving

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology

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The influence of ethnicity and culture on dementia caregiving : A review of empirical studies on Chinese Americans. / Sun, Fei; Ong, Rebecca; Burnette, Denise.

In: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, Vol. 27, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 13-22.

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