Abandonment Fears in Persons with Alzheimer's at Adult Day Care Centers

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dc.contributor.advisor Blieszner, Rosemary en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Benson, Mark J. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Roberto, Karen A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Judkins, Wayne A en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-06T16:02:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-06T16:02:39Z
dc.date.issued 1998-04-10 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-052699-114725 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10919/10029
dc.description.abstract In my research, I examined abandonment fears in persons with Alzheimer's disease at the Salem Veterans Affairs adult day care center. I observed fifty hours at the center, and conducted open-ended interviews with two of the participants and their respective caregivers. These two participants (Ellen and Opel) at the center expressed abandonment fears much more frequently than any of the other participants. I found that most of the time, these two women would express their abandonment fears in the form of repetitive questions about going home. Staff used two different methods to deal with the problem: "reassurance by fact" and redirection. The staff was divided as to the efficacy of their methods and whether more frequent attendance would help Ellen and Opel to adjust to the center. Some participants were bothered by the their constant questions, while others were not. Using an existing attachment questionnaire, Ellen's daughter classified her mother as having an avoidant attachment style, but Opel's daughter classified her mother as having secure attachment. Although Ellen's behavior at the center fit with the description of a person with avoidant attachment (e.g., extreme self-reliance, activity disturbance), Opel's fearful nature did not suggest that she had a secure attachment style as her daughter believed. en_US
dc.format.medium ETD en_US
dc.publisher Virginia Tech en_US
dc.relation.haspart 2.pdf en_US
dc.relation.haspart 1.pdf en_US
dc.rights The authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works. en_US
dc.source.uri http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-052699-114725 en_US
dc.subject abandonment en_US
dc.subject adult day care en_US
dc.subject Alzheimer's en_US
dc.title Abandonment Fears in Persons with Alzheimer's at Adult Day Care Centers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Human Development en_US
dc.description.degree MS en_US

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