DOI: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000327 ISSN: 1662-9647

Attitudes Toward People with Dementia in Germany and China

Lin Zhu, Arthur Schall, Michael Paulitsch, Johannes Pantel, Valentina A. Tesky
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

Abstract: Attitudes toward people with dementia influence how these patients are treated. Knowledge of intercultural differences in attitudes enables specific concepts of care. We validated the Dementia Attitudes Scale (DAS) for Mandarin Chinese to gather preliminary data on differences between Germany and China. Internal consistency was good for both versions of the DAS (Cronbach’s alpha > 0.7). Principal component analysis revealed three main components in each country, along with slight differences in composition. The study revealed differences in attitudes toward people with dementia, but it is unclear whether this reflects cultural influences, differences in healthcare structures, or personal experience. Future studies should address these factors to improve care for people with dementia in a culturally sensitive manner.

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