Date of Graduation

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

School of Social Work

Advisor

Alishia J. Ferguson

Committee Member

Kameri Christy

Second Committee Member

L. J. Henry

Keywords

Social sciences; Psychology; Health and environmental sciences; Alzeimer's disease; Ambiguous loss; Caregiving; Dementia

Abstract

This thesis sought to investigate the relationship between ambiguity tolerance and caregiver grief within the framework of ambiguous loss theory. Thirty-one family caregivers completed a quantitative survey comprising two pre-existing scales and several demographic questions designed to assess level of ambiguity tolerance, level of grief, caregiver age and gender, type of relationship to the care recipient, living situation, length of caregiving career, level of Social support and frequency of difficult behaviors. Quantitative data analysis revealed that while no relationship existed between total ambiguity tolerance and total caregiver grief, a modest, inverse relationship exists between tolerance toward general-type ambiguity and burden, which is one identified aspect of caregiver grief.

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