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J Appl Behav Anal. 1994 Spring; 27(1): 175–176.
PMCID: PMC1297788
Multicomponent intervention for agitated behavior in a person with Alzheimer's disease.
B L Bakke, S Kvale, T Burns, J R McCarten, L Wilson, M Maddox, and J Cleary
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Abstract
We evaluated a multicomponent intervention for agitated behavior in a man with probable Alzheimer's disease. Hypotheses about variables controlling his agitated behavior guided intervention design. Based on staff interviews, direct observations, and brief experimental probes, intervention components were chosen to increase rate of reinforcement and decrease aversive aspects of his job. Intervention reduced agitated behavior without disrupting his work rate.
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