Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Barragan, Armando


The purpose of this study is to explore the barriers Latino family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s may experience, and evaluate methods to increase the utilization of these services among the population. The researcher conducted face-face interviews with staff members that have observed the underutilization and provide feedback on method on reaching this particular population. The results of the interviews were transcribed to written form, and then analyzed to identify and label themes. The following four major themes emerged. These themes were: 1) culture 2) language barriers 3) fear 4) lack of knowledge of diagnosis. The potential impact of this study is to find ways to reach out to the Latino population, and provide accurate viable information and services to this particular population. This will continue to further the outreach in social work practice for the Latino population.