Characterization of family-generated videotapes for the management of verbally disruptive behaviors

Perla Werner, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield*, Jacqueline Fischer, Gabriela Segal

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In this study, the authors examined the characteristics of family- generated videotapes used to manage the manifestation of verbally disruptive behaviors (VDB) in nursing home residents. Videotapes prepared by the relatives of 30 verbally disruptive nursing home residents to be shown to residents were systematically observed and coded for content and mode of presentation. The relationship between the videotapes' characteristics and their impact on the resident was studied. The majority of the time in the videotape was spent talking about the past or present of the family, was characterized by an overall feeling of respect, and did not show great variability in the features examined. Videotapes coded as showing more love and those not talking about current events were associated with higher effectiveness in reducing VDB. This treatment proved to be an appropriate and rewarding avenue to involve family members in the care of their frail institutionalized elderly relatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


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