Need-driven dementia-compromised behavior: An alternative view of disruptive behavior

Donna L. Algase, Cormelia Beck, Ann Kolanowski, Ann Whall, Stanley Berent, Kathy Richards, Elizabeth Beattie

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The disruptive behavior of persons with dementia is a problem of considerable clinical interest and growing scientific concern. This paper offers a view of these behaviors as expressions of unmet needs or goals and provides a comprehensive conceptual framework to guide further research and clinical practice. Empirical findings and clinical impressions related to wandering, vocalizations and aggression to support and illustrate the framework are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-19
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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