Do Behavioral Disturbances in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease Predict Caregiver Depression over Time?

Suzanne C. Danhauer, Judith J. McCann, David W. Gilley, Laurel A Beckett, Julia L. Bienias, Denis A. Evans

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Abstract

Random effects models were used to examine the association between behavioral disturbances in persons with Alzheimer's disease (N = 90) and caregiver depressive symptoms at 2-month intervals over an 18-month period. There was substantial variability in trajectories of change in caregiver depressive symptoms over time but no systematic increase in distress despite increased severity of dementia symptoms. Total behavioral disturbances were associated with higher levels of caregiver depressive symptoms; this effect was primarily attributable to aggressive behaviors. No consistent departure from linearity was evident in the relationship between behavior and depression over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-202
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology and Aging
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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