29. Using Consensus Analysis to Investigate Cultural Models of Alzheimer's Disease

  1. David B. Kronenfeld3,
  2. Giovanni Bennardo4,
  3. Victor C. de Munck5 and
  4. Michael D. Fischer6
  1. Robert W. Schrauf1 and
  2. Madelyn Iris2

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch29

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology

How to Cite

Schrauf, R. W. and Iris, M. (2011) Using Consensus Analysis to Investigate Cultural Models of Alzheimer's Disease, in A Companion to Cognitive Anthropology (eds D. B. Kronenfeld, G. Bennardo, V. C. de Munck and M. D. Fischer), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444394931.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of California, Riverside, USA

  2. 4

    Northern Illinois University, USA

  3. 5

    SUNY New Paltz, USA

  4. 6

    University of Kent, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pennsylvania State University in the United States, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187787

Online ISBN: 9781444394931



  • using consensus analysis - in investigating cultural models of Alzheimer's disease;
  • use of cultural consensus analysis - between-group knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among African Americans;
  • group, lay knowledge - comprising a cultural model of illness condition;
  • consensus analysis of illness knowledge - a theoretical model;
  • consensus analysis in studies of health and illness - illness conditions in ethnic communities;
  • prior cross-cultural applications of method - breast and cervical cancer among women in El Salvador and Mexico, Chicana and Anglo women in US;
  • focus on intercultural variation - consensus analysis, cross-ethnic comparison of beliefs about health and illness;
  • cultural beliefs about Alzheimer's disease (AD) - for ethnic groups in the United States;
  • data analysis, and consensus analysis - assessing within group knowledge;
  • differences between ethnic models - whether or not AD, being considered a mental illness


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Consensus Analysis of Illness Knowledge

  • Conventional Approaches to Investigating Lay Knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease

  • The “AD Beliefs Study”

  • Results

  • Discussion

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References