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ERIC Number: EJ934395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Nursing Home Social Workers and Allied Professionals: Enhancing Geriatric Mental Health Knowledge
Bonifas, Robin P.
Educational Gerontology, v37 n9 p809-832 2011
Research has highlighted the challenges social services professionals face in providing quality psychosocial care to persons living in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). A primary area of difficulty is addressing the needs of persons with mental health conditions, including problematic behaviors associated with dementia. This study evaluated the geriatric mental health knowledge of a sample of SNF social service directors (n = 120) and found that although, on average, practitioners have a good level of general knowledge, their understanding is limited regarding the symptoms of dementia and effective interventions that can address associated problematic behaviors. Implications for social work education are discussed. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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