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Date of Award

Summer 6-24-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Asani Seawell, PhD


Filipinos are the third largest Asian subgroup in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019). Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Filipino Americans (Abesamis, Fruh, Hall, Lemley, Zlomke, 2016; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2003). The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of Filipino Americans’ experiences with their treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and whether Filipino culture is incorporated into their treatment. A phenomenological research study design and community-engaged research methodology was utilized. Seven Filipino Americans were interviewed from the greater Seattle area. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and data was evaluated with conventional content-analysis. Based on the 7 interviews, the primary investigator identified 8 themes: (a) endorsed risk factors/comorbid health diagnoses, (b) treatment, (c) physician, (d) Filipino diet, (e) family support, (f) family and Filipino friends also diagnosed with a heart disease, (g) religion, and (h) emotions and stress management. Results from this study may help medical providers better treat Filipino American patients, increase cultural competence, and include clinical psychologists/behavioral health in treatment of CVD.

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