By Sue E. Levkoff ScD, Thomas R. Prohaska PhD, Patricia Flynn Weitzman PhD MPH, Marcia G. Ory PhD MPH

Regardless of projections of important development in older minority populations, researchers have little greater than surface-level appreciation of the way cultural components will form psychological and actual overall healthiness results. This quantity is a part of a brand new wave of experiences designed to handle the problem of recruiting and keeping minority elders for participation in study reports. The authors spotlight the strengths and weaknesses of a big selection of analysis designs, starting from small, in-depth qualitative experiences to randomized, managed behavioral interventions. numerous chapters concentrate on successes with African American, chinese language American, and Mexican American elders. the sensible suggestion contained herein may have nice entice these operating to strengthen the sphere of gerontological study.

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Decision-making within the social course of dementia: Accounts by Chinese-American caregivers. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Morgan, D. , & Krueger, R. A. (1993). When to use focus groups and why. In D. L. ), Successful focus groups: Advancing the state of the an (pp. 159-162). Newbury Park, CA: Sage. Orono, C. , Koenig, B. , & Davis, A. J. (1994). Cultural aspects of nondisclosure. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 3, 338-346. , Gelfand, D. , & Cothorn, M. (1996). Recruitment of African Americans to health care research: Lessons from prostate cancer screenings.

Drew University of Medicine & Science in South Central Los Angeles. This was one of the six Exploratory Centers for Minority Aging & Health Promotion (MAHP) funded by an initiative from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH). The Drew-RAND Center on Health and Aging (DRC) is a collaboration between Charles R. Drew University, a predominantly ethnic minority academic institution with strong ties to the local African American community in South Central Los Angeles, the RAND Corporation, and a network of senior centers and community-based organizations.

Lastly, we found that the use of qualitative research methods helped to create an environment in which participants, family members, and agency administrators felt comfortable sharing information with us. Good rapport seemed easier to achieve with qualitative interviews probably because they are more naturalistic, that is, more like a real-life conversation, than pencil and paper instruments which can be alienating to participants, especially those who have never before participated in research (Dunigan, 1998).

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