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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schillings, Mary Katherine
Author's Email Address kschil2@lsu.edu
URN etd-04162012-152226
Title Spiritual Support as Coping among Alzheimer's Caregivers
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wilks, Scott E. Committee Chair
Cain, Daphne Committee Member
Livermore, Michelle Committee Member
  • Alzheimer's caregivers
  • caregivers
  • spiritual support
  • coping
Date of Defense 2012-03-22
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study is to identify the effect of spiritual support on Alzheimerís caregiverís perceived burden. This study will examine the relationship between spiritual support and burden among Alzheimerís caregivers. The collection of data was accomplished by a packet of surveys mailed to Alzheimerís caregivers. For this study the population is separated and difficult to survey as a whole, therefore, a smaller cluster sample is surveyed from a specific organization. The global score of the burden measure is negatively correlated with the global score of the Spiritual Support Scale. In this study, spiritual support is not the sole reason for perceived burden to be low; rather, spiritual support causes a more positive outlook on the burden, triggering the caregivers to report lower levels of perceived burden. A social worker must be confident in the knowledge of supports used by clients and how to accommodate each client in achieving the ability to cope with stress when caring for a loved one with Alzheimerís disease.
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