Identifier

etd-04052011-105808

Degree

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Aggressive behavior is a common symptom of mid- to late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, causing unique challenges for caregivers and healthcare professionals. In previous research, aggressive behavior related to dementia was linked to higher caregiver distress and burden. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of an aggressive behavior subscale of the Revised Memory and Behavior Problem Checklist (RMBPC) among Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. The subscale measures the frequency of aggressive behavior and the caregiver’s reaction. The sample consisted of 419 caregivers reporting some frequency of aggressive behavior by the care recipient. Exploratory factor analysis was favorable. Convergent validity for the aggressive behavior subscale was established through its correlations with caregiver burden, caregiver coping style, and caregiver resilience. The association of these factors was theoretically demonstrated through the Pearlin Stress Process Model. In the current study, aggressive behavior was shown to be associated with a significant increase in caregiver burden and the use of emotion- and avoidance-focused coping techniques, and significant decrease in caregiver resilience. The scale was shown to be reliable, with significant inter-item correlations. The results concluded an aggressive behavior subscale of the RMBPC is a valid and reliable measure for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers.

Date

2011

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Wilks, Scott E.

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Social Work Commons

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