Skip to content

Toggle service links

You are here

  1. Home
  2. Korean-American family postcaregivers on dementia caregiving: a phenomenological inquiry

Korean-American family postcaregivers on dementia caregiving: a phenomenological inquiry

The purpose of this article is to understand dementia caregiving and postcaregiving experience from the Korean-American family caregiver perspective. In this transcendental phenomenological study, I analyzed both in-depth interviews from 8 caregivers and field notes with the procedure of Moustakas' (1994) modification of the Van Kaam method. Five core themes characterized participants' experiences: understanding elderly patients with Alzheimer's by accepting it as a disease; self-defining and self-appraising of caregivers; caregiving as a family affair while examining transgenerational continuity of filial piety; returning caregiving to caregivers in turn as a mode of mourning; and reviewing dissatisfying experiences with the formal care system. Based on a small but relatively heterogeneous sample, this study advances the understanding of the underlying, dynamic context of Korean-American family dementia caregiving and addresses certain implications of geriatric social work intervention for postcaregivers.

Access source material through DOI
Additional Titles
Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1540-4048;0163-4372
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2009
Issue Number
6
Volume Number
52
Start Page
600-617