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Article

Publication Date

4-2013

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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders

Volume 27, Issue 2, April 2013, Pages 133-137.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e3182654794. Copyright © Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Abstract

Cultural constructs prevalent in older African Americans may influence their risk perceptions and knowledge of Alzheimer disease (AD). To examine this issue, we administered 3 sociocultural scales, the AD Knowledge Scale, and a Risk Perception questionnaire to 271 older African Americans who were recruited from a large community senior center and local churches. Higher Present Time Orientation was significantly related to perceptions of having little control over risks to health (P=0.004), God's Will in determining AD (P=0.001), and lower AD knowledge (P

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