Examining spiritual support among African American and Caucasian Alzheimer's caregivers: A risk and resilience study
Research shows African Americans at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared to the Caucasian population, suggesting African American AD caregivers are rising in numbers at a greater rate than Caucasian counterparts. Over a decade ago, an article in Geriatric Nursing revealed spiritual well-being differences among these caregiver groups. The purpose of this study was a quasi-follow-up, utilizing a larger caregiver sample to test spiritual support as a moderator via a risk-and-resilience framework. Secondary data analysis from a sample of 691 AD caregivers examined data on demographics and standardized measures of spiritual support, caregiver burden, and psychological resilience. One-third of the sample reported as African American. Resilience negatively regressed, though not significantly, on caregiving burden among both groups. Spiritual support positively, significantly impacted resilience among both groups, slightly stronger among African Americans. Spiritual support did not significantly moderate risk with either group. Implications for professional healthcare practice are discussed.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)
Wilks, S. E., Spurlock, W. R., Brown, S. C., Teegen, B. C., & Geiger, J. R. (2018). Examining spiritual support among African American and Caucasian Alzheimer's caregivers: A risk and resilience study. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.), 39 (6), 663-668. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2018.05.002