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Gerontologist. 1990 Apr;30(2):206-11.

Predictors and consequences of aggressive behavior by community-based dementia patients.

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  • 1Psychology Department, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


The frequency, nature, context, and caregivers' reactions to aggressive behavior in 213 dementia patients residing in the community was studied. Aggression was reported in 57.2% of the patients and in 10.6% of the caregivers. Predictors of patient aggression were greater frequency of behavior and memory problems, premorbid aggression, and a more troubled premorbid social relationship between patient and caregiver. Patient aggression predicted the decision to discontinue home care.

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