Recruiting Chinese American participants into studies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia can be particularly challenging because of the powerful social stigma attached to mental illness in Chinese cultures. In this article, we describe experiences recruiting Chinese American individuals into a cross-cultural qualitative study of dementia caregiving. Based on multiple sources of data from caregivers who participated in our study, those who declined participation, and Chinese American health care providers, we have identified a process of dementia-label avoidance engaged in by both Chinese American families and health care providers. We describe how this process can interfere with the recruitment of Chinese American participants into studies of mental illness and offer strategies for enhancing recruitment success.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Mental Health and Aging|
|State||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Psychiatry and Mental health