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The relationship of vocally disruptive behavior and previous personality in severely demented institutionalized patients.

  • Göran Holst
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Lars Gustafson
Publishing year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 147-154
Publication/Series: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

The aim of this study was to explore the previous personalities of patients, their behavior during the course of the disease, and the relationship between the previous personality and vocally disruptive behavior of severely demented patients. Twenty-one severely demented patients identified as vocally disruptive and 19 severely demented control subjects who were matched for gender and ward were studied. A family member or close relative who knew the patient very well described the patient's personal characteristics from what they judged to be the “best” period in the patient's life and responded, on behalf of the patient, to the 57 items in a modified version of the Eysenck Personality Inventory. The results of this study can be interpreted to indicate that a previous personality described as introverted, rigid, and with a tendency to control emotions, as remembered retrospectively by a close family member, may correlate to current disruptive behavior. Despite the limitations of this study, the findings indicated that a patient's previous personality characteristics need to be taken into consideration because they may partially explain vocal activity and are therefore important for the provision of nursing care. Further research has to be performed to highlight the impact of previous personality characteristics on various kinds of behavior during the course of the disease.


  • Geriatrics
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry


  • Family Medicine and Community Medicine
  • ISSN: 1532-8228
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions