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Reexamining the relationships among dementia, stigma, and aging in immigrant Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers

TitleReexamining the relationships among dementia, stigma, and aging in immigrant Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLiu, D, Hinton, L, Tran, C, Hinton, D, Barker, JC
JournalJournal of Cross Cultural GerontologyJournal of Cross Cultural Gerontology
Volume23
Pagination283-299
Date PublishedSep
ISBN Number0169-3816<br/>1573-0719
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2008-11324-006
Keywords*Aging, *Caregivers, *Dementia, *Immigration, Chinese Cultural Groups, dementia, stigma, aging, immigration, Chinese family caregivers, Vietnamese family caregivers, Home Care & Hospice [3375], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Stigma, us, Vietnamese Cultural Groups
AbstractPrior literature emphasizes that Asian Americans with dementia may be particularly vulnerable to the stigma of chronic and severe mental illness. However, there is a dearth of empirical research to support this claim. This study examines the relationship of stigma and dementia in 32 qualitative interviews with Chinese and Vietnamese family caregivers. Stigma was a common theme in the interviews (91%). Further analysis revealed two sources: the stigma of chronic and severe mental illness and a stigma reflecting negative stereotypes of aging or the aged. Chinese and Vietnamese cultural views of normal aging are not unitary but accommodate different trajectories of aging, some more and some less desired. When applied to persons with dementia, a "normalized" but negative trajectory of aging carried with it significant stigma that was distinct from but in addition to the stigma of chronic and severe mental illness. Older Chinese and Vietnamese with dementia are thus at risk of experiencing multiple stigmas that include but go beyond the stigma associated with chronic and severe mental illness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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