Managing dementia-related behavioral problems at home is of significance for both care-recipients and caregivers as well as more generally for public health. Examining how Mexican-American families respond in the home when the person with dementia displays aggressive behavior provides a unique opportunity to understand how they accomplish the work involved in managing illness. The aims of this study were (a) to describe the socio-cultural context in which dementia-related aggressive behavior takes places, and (b) to describe the work that Mexican-American families do to manage dementia-related aggressive behavior. This is an ethnographic study involving participant observation of Mexican-American families caring for a person with dementia at home. Findings show that there is variation in how families accomplish illness work when dementia-related aggressive behavior disrupts everyday caregiving. The types of work performed by families under these strenuous and stressful situations likely result from a confluence of gender and generational differences.
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