What do Korean American immigrants know about Alzheimer's disease (AD)? The impact of acculturation and exposure to the disease on AD knowledge

Sang E. Lee, Hee Yun Lee, Sadhna Diwan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

51 Scopus citations

Abstract

Objective: The present study examined knowledge of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and factors related to the disease knowledge among Korean American immigrants. Methods: Two-hundred and nine middle-aged and older Korean American immigrants completed a selfadministered questionnaire. Results: Korean American immigrants had strong stigma about AD and interpreted the disease as a form of insanity. They considered memory loss and AD as a part of the aging process. They seriously lacked knowledge about the treatment, diagnosis and cause of AD. Those who were less acculturated and less exposed to AD were likely to have poorer AD knowledge. Conclusions: There is a need to expand AD education efforts among Korean American immigrants because the views of stigmatization and normalization of AD combined with certain Asian cultural norms can be barriers to early recognition and intervention. Our study suggests knowledge areas of concentration in AD education and a segment of the population that AD education should target. Further research on symptom knowledge by the disease stages and causal beliefs is needed to better understand the existing views about AD in Korean American immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Ethnic minority
  • Exposure
  • Immigrants
  • Knowledge
  • Korean Americans

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'What do Korean American immigrants know about Alzheimer's disease (AD)? The impact of acculturation and exposure to the disease on AD knowledge'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this