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ERIC Number: ED127504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 18
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Factors Related to Social-Emotional Problem Behavior in Nursing Homes.
Fergus, Esther O.; And Others
Data on demographics, physical capability and social-emotional behavioral variables for 134 residents between the ages of 50 and 96 were collected in four nursing homes to examine the dimensions related to problem behaviors. Social-emotional behaviors related on six scales of reliabilities ranging from .90 to .74. The scales included depression, social interaction, cognitive functioning, physical hostility, verbal hostility and high hospitalization risk. Correlational analysis revealed that physical disability was significantly related to cognitive functioning, social interaction, and messy behavior. Another finding was that place of living prior to entry into the nursing home significantly related to behavioral problems. This finding has implications for creating various types of programs at the time of entry into the nursing home for the new residents. Interestingly, age related significantly to cognitive functioning and social interaction, and had no significant relationship with verbal hostility, physical hostility, psychotic behavior and messiness. It is of interest that depression had a significant negative correlation with age. These findings have implications for testing preventive psycho-social approaches for different types of residents in nursing homes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society, 28th, Louisville, Kentucky, October, 1975)