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dc.contributor.advisorMohan, Ranjini
dc.contributor.authorSegovia, Madison ( )
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-06T20:35:40Z
dc.date.available2019-06-06T20:35:40Z
dc.date.issued2019-05
dc.identifier.citationSegovia, M. (2019). Perceptions of dementia across students in health professions programs at Texas State University (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/8259
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Graduation in the University Honors Program, May 2019.
dc.description.abstract

Background: Dementia is a progressive degenerative disease that can result in decline of cognitive functioning. Individuals with dementia often seek therapy or treatment from a variety of health professionals. Due to the rising incidence of dementia in the world, it is important that future clinicians be properly trained to manage dementia.

Method: Forty-four students in Communication Disorders (CDIS), 23 in Physical Therapy (PT), and 16 in Nursing (NURS) departments at Texas State University completed an adapted version of the Dementia Attitudes Scale (DAS) via Qualtrics. The DAS includes twenty questions assessing attitudes and knowledge about dementia on a 7-point rating scale. Responses were calculated for attitude, knowledge, and total DAS scores.

Results: There were no significant differences among departments for attitudes, knowledge, total DAS score, and program preparation. Post-hoc Tukey test revealed students in the CDIS department reported lower rating of personal relationships with individuals with dementia when compared to PT and NURS (p= 0.07). There were also no significant differences between undergraduate students and graduate students in any department for any of the variables. Students with greater personal relationship ratings and those who perceived their programs to have prepared them well to work with individuals with dementia had more positive attitudes towards those with dementia.

Conclusion: Program coordinators may need to provide students with more opportunities to interact with those with dementia to improve attitudes toward dementia.

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dc.format.extent39 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectDementiaen_US
dc.subjectStudentsen_US
dc.subjectPerceptionsen_US
dc.subjectKnowledgeen_US
dc.subjectAttitudesen_US
dc.subjectNursingen_US
dc.subjectPhysical therapyen_US
dc.subjectCommunication disordersen_US
dc.titlePerceptions of Dementia Across Students in Health Professions Programs at Texas State Universityen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFitzgerald, Keri
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Disorders
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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