African-American urban clergy's literacy of Alzheimer's disease

Kim L. Stansbury, Debra A. Harley, Travonia Brown-Hughes

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The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine urban African-American clergy's awareness of Alzheimer's disease and willingness to provide support to elders and their family/caregivers. Interviews were conducted with nine African-American clergy who presided over churches in central Kentucky. Collectively, all clergy had previous experience providing pastoral care to adults with Alzheimer's disease and were literate regarding its treatment. Study findings also revealed clergy were inclined to partner with their internal "health care" ministries and/or members with specialized knowledge of mental health services in an effort to provide education and emotional support to congregants in need. These findings have implications for social workers building collaborative community treatment relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-266
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010


  • African-American clergy
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Internal ministries
  • Mental health literacy
  • Older african americans
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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