Life-span perspective of personality in dementia

Ann M. Kolanowski, Ann L. Whall

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Abstract

Purpose: To propose an alternative view of personality change in dementia by presenting existing evidence for the continuity of personality. Significance: As the population continues to age, dementing illnesses will account for a greater proportion of morbidity and mortality; the care of these people will have a significant effect on the health care system. Organizing Framework: Life-span perspective of personality continuity. Scope, Method: Review of current literature on personality in dementia using Medline, 1980 -1994; CINAHL, 1990-1994; and Psych Lit., 1980-1994. Findings: Although there are systematic shifts in personality with dementia, individuals tend to maintain their unique pattern of premorbid personality traits. Conclusions: The personalities of dementia patients seem to reflect adaptive patterns that served them in the past. Implications: Use of a life-span perspective can enhance individualized care for demented patients and advance theory development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-320
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

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Personality
Dementia
Patient Care
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Mortality
Population

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Life-span perspective of personality in dementia. / Kolanowski, Ann M.; Whall, Ann L.

In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Vol. 28, No. 4, 01.12.1996, p. 315-320.

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