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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v44 n3 p687-691 Fall 2011

It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults aged 65 years and older have been diagnosed with dementia, which is associated with numerous behavioral excesses and deficits. Despite the publication of a special section of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) on behavioral gerontology (Iwata, 1986), there continues to be a paucity of behavior-analytic research with this population. This review compares the research published before and after the behavioral gerontology special section and evaluates the most recently published aging articles in JABA.

Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Dementia, Gerontology, Older Adults, Behavioral Science Research, Behavior Problems, Literature Reviews, Aging (Individuals), Alzheimers Disease

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Author: Trahan, Maranda A.; Kahng, SungWoo; Fisher, Alyssa B.; Hausman, Nicole L.


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