To determine the prevalence and clinical correlates of verbal and physical aggression occurring in Alzheimer's disease sufferers.
A retrospective note review was performed to classify the subjects according to whether they were verbally or physically aggressive (assaultive) or non-aggressive.
The characteristics of the three groups were compared.
The subjects were 262 patients who were living in non-institutional settings and had been diagnosed as suffering from dementia of Alzheimer's type.
Fifty-two per cent exhibited some aggressive behaviour.
Ninety-one (35%) patients were reported to be verbally aggressive and a further 46 (18%) were assaultive to their carers.
Male gender (relative risk 2.17,95% confidence interval 1.11-4.17) and the presence of dyspraxia (relative risk 2.89,95% confidence interval 1.43-5.88) both increased the likelihood of assaultive behaviour.
Verbal aggression was not associated with any of the clinical features measured.
Aggressive behaviour is a common phenomenon in AD and approximately one in five sufferers is assaultive.
Assaultive behaviour is associated with male gender and dyspraxia.
Mots-clés Pascal : Démence Alzheimer, Agressivité, Trouble comportement social, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alzheimer disease, Aggressiveness, Social behavior disorder, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0334684
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 12/09/1997.