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dc.contributor.supervisor Martin, Garry (Psychology) Virues-Ortega, Javier (Psychology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Craig, Bethany
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-21T14:42:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-21T14:42:55Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/31254
dc.description.abstract Functional analysis is a method of behavioural assessment used to determine the environmental variables maintaining a specific behaviour. While functional analysis is often used with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, problem behaviours in people with dementia are rarely assessed using functional analysis methodology. The purpose of the present study was to conduct descriptive and functional analyses of problem behaviours among individuals with dementia to determine: (a) if a descriptive assessment would identify a function of the challenging behaviour assessed; (b) the extent to which stimuli identified in the descriptive assessment were needed to conduct a functional analysis; and (c) if a standard functional analysis is an effective assessment method for this population. The participants were two individuals with dementia who exhibited inappropriate vocalizations, consisting of swearing and delusional speech. For both participants, the results of the descriptive assessments suggested that the function of the behaviour was positive reinforcement in the form of attention from staff members. The findings of the descriptive analyses were confirmed in the functional analyses. The results suggest that a functional analysis informed by a descriptive analysis can identify the function of problem behaviour in individuals with dementia in a residential setting. en_US
dc.subject Keywords: functional analysis, dementia, problem behaviour, attention function, inappropriate vocalizations, conditional probability analysis. en_US
dc.title Descriptive assessment and functional analysis of problem behaviour among individuals with dementia en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Wirth, Kirsten (Psychology) Shooshtari, Shahin (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note May 2016 en_US


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