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dc.contributor.authorWilks, Scott Eddie
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T23:11:21Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T23:11:21Z
dc.date.issued2004-12
dc.identifier.otherwilks_scott_e_200412_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/wilks_scott_e_200412_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/22266
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of the study was to understand the influence of private prayer, used as a coping method to caregiving burden, as a factor of resiliency among Alzheimer’s caregivers. A cross-sectional research design was employed, surveying a sample of Alzheimer’s caregivers (N=304) who attended caregiver support groups in the southeastern United States. Questionnaire items empirically measured a number of constructs, including perceived burden; use of private prayer as a coping method; frequency and importance of prayer; and perceived resiliency. Demographic characteristics of the sample were reported. Regression analysis evaluated the relationship between prayer and resiliency, controlling for demographic factors. Over three- fourths of the sample reported a high frequency of private prayer, and over 90% of those who prayed indicated importance to four general types of prayer. As hypothesized, results indicated a strong association and positive, significant relationship between the extent of prayer usage as a method of coping, and resiliency. Implications for social work practice and education are discussed.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAlzheimer\'s disease
dc.subjectCaregiver
dc.subjectPrayer
dc.subjectResiliency
dc.subjectSocial work
dc.titleThe relationship between private prayer and resiliency among Alzheimer's caregivers
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentSchool of Social Work
dc.description.majorSocial Work
dc.description.advisorM. Elizabeth Vonk
dc.description.committeeM. Elizabeth Vonk
dc.description.committeeNancy P. Kropf
dc.description.committeeNancy R. Williams


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