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Cultural diversity and views on Alzheimer disease in older African Americans.
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PMID:  22828323     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cultural constructs prevalent in older African Americans may influence their risk perceptions and knowledge of Alzheimer disease (AD). To examine this issue, we administered 3 sociocultural scales, the AD Knowledge Scale, and a Risk Perception questionnaire to 271 older African Americans who were recruited from a large community senior center and local churches. Higher Present Time Orientation was significantly related to perceptions of having little control over risks to health (P=0.004), God's Will in determining AD (P=0.001), and lower AD knowledge (P<0.0001) and marginally related to having little control over developing AD (P=0.052). Religiosity was marginally related to having little control over risks to health (P=0.055) and getting AD (P=0.057). Post hoc intergroup comparisons found significant differences in the highest versus lowest scoring Religiosity groups. There were no significant differences by Future Time Orientation. Most subjects (57.6%) were unaware that African Americans were at higher risk for AD than whites. These data indicate that cultural diversity within older African Americans may shape health perceptions and knowledge of AD. This diversity may contribute to disparities in the detection and treatment of AD in this high-risk population.
Barry W Rovner; Robin J Casten; Lynn F Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alzheimer disease and associated disorders     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1546-4156     ISO Abbreviation:  Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord     Publication Date:    2013 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-21     Completed Date:  2013-12-23     Revised Date:  2014-04-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704771     Medline TA:  Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Alzheimer Disease / epidemiology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice / ethnology*
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