Functional Analysis And Treatment Of Problem Behavior Of Elderly Adults In Long-Term Care

by Dwyer-Moore KJ, Dixon MR, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, J Appl Behav Anal. 2007 Winter;40(4):679-83. 18189099 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE], PMCID: PMC2078575,

Study conducted functional analysis for problem behavior in older adults in a long-term care setting. It analyzed the function such behavior serves for the elder, or the likely benefit the elder perceives he or she is gaining by engaging in the behavior (such as, for example, attention, or escape from demands).

Based on understanding the function which the behavior serves for the elder, interventions could be designed and implemented focused on de-linking such behavior from the perceived function or benefit, which resulted in decreases in the problem behavior in each case. The study discusses implications for the use of functional analysis and function-based interventions in the field of gerontology.

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