Relationship between aggressive behaviors and depression among nursing home residents with dementia

A. Srikumar Menon, Ann L. Gruber-Baldini, J. Richard Hebel, Bruce Kaup, David Loreck, Sheryl Itkin Zimmerman, Lynda Burton, Pearl German, Jay Magaziner

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Abstract

Background. Verbal and physical aggression are common behavior problems among nursing home residents with dementia. Depression among nursing home residents is also a common but underdiagnosed disorder. Method. Data collected on 1101 residents with dementia, newly admitted to a sample of 59 nursing homes across Maryland, were analyzed to determine if there was a relationship between depression and physical and verbal aggression. Results. Residents with dementia who manifested physical or verbal aggression had a higher prevalence of depression than those without such behaviors (p<0.05). Conclusions. Our findings suggest that nursing home residents with aggressive behaviors should be screened for depression and treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of geriatric psychiatry
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 3 2001

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Dementia
  • Nursing home residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Srikumar Menon, A., Gruber-Baldini, A. L., Richard Hebel, J., Kaup, B., Loreck, D., Zimmerman, S. I., Burton, L., German, P., & Magaziner, J. (2001). Relationship between aggressive behaviors and depression among nursing home residents with dementia. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 16(2), 139-146. https://doi.org/10.1002/1099-1166(200102)16:2<139::AID-GPS284>3.0.CO;2-5