A new scale for assessing behavioral agitation in dementia

Debjani Sinha, Frank P. Zemlan, Sharon Nelson, David Bienenfeld, Ole J Thienhaus, Geetha Ramaswamy, Sharon Hamilton

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Abstract

The primary purpose of the present study was to develop a reliable and valid rating instrument for assessing treatment efficacy for behavioral problems in the cognitively impaired elderly. The Behavioral and Emotional Activities Manifested in Dementia (BEAM-D) Scale was developed for the operational assessment of troublesome and disruptive behaviors in dementia. Each behavioral category of the BEAM-D was clinically considered to be a significant deviation from normative behavior for the geriatric dementia patient. The reliability and validity of the BEAM-D was assessed in a group of 45 patients diagnosed with primary degenerative dementia. The mean interrater reliability of BEAM-D items was 0.90. Concurrent validity was established by comparison with currently used rating scales, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) and the Sandoz Clinical Assessment-Geriatric (SCAG). Stepwise regression analysis revealed that the items of the BEAM-D had a strong relationship with conceptually similar behavioral dimensions on the BPRS and SCAG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • behavioral agitation
  • Primary degenerative dementia
  • reliability
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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Sinha, D., Zemlan, F. P., Nelson, S., Bienenfeld, D., Thienhaus, O. J., Ramaswamy, G., & Hamilton, S. (1992). A new scale for assessing behavioral agitation in dementia. Psychiatry Research, 41(1), 73-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/0165-1781(92)90020-4

A new scale for assessing behavioral agitation in dementia. / Sinha, Debjani; Zemlan, Frank P.; Nelson, Sharon; Bienenfeld, David; Thienhaus, Ole J; Ramaswamy, Geetha; Hamilton, Sharon.

In: Psychiatry Research, Vol. 41, No. 1, 1992, p. 73-88.

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Sinha, D, Zemlan, FP, Nelson, S, Bienenfeld, D, Thienhaus, OJ, Ramaswamy, G & Hamilton, S 1992, 'A new scale for assessing behavioral agitation in dementia', Psychiatry Research, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 73-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/0165-1781(92)90020-4
Sinha, Debjani ; Zemlan, Frank P. ; Nelson, Sharon ; Bienenfeld, David ; Thienhaus, Ole J ; Ramaswamy, Geetha ; Hamilton, Sharon. / A new scale for assessing behavioral agitation in dementia. In: Psychiatry Research. 1992 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 73-88.
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