Title

Rural African American Clergy: An Exploration of Their Attitudes and Knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease

Publication Date

5-1-2010

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Rural African American clergy's ability to recognize Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and their capacity to provide support to elders with this illness has been neglected in the literature. Using a mental health literacy framework, the purpose of this research was to explore rural African American clergy knowledge and beliefs of AD. In-depth interviews were conducted with 9 African American clergy who oversaw churches in central Kentucky. Although few had direct experience with providing pastoral care to elders with AD, all clergy were literate and aware of the need for additional training. This study seeks to further clarify the role of African American clergy and their understanding of AD to inform the future development of appropriate interventions and establish better collaborative community treatment relationships.

Publication Title

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Volume

53

Issue

4

First Page

352

Last Page

365

DOI

10.1080/01634371003741508

Version

pre-print, post-print

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