The Social Network of the Agitated Nursing Home Resident

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Marcia S. Marx

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Syndromes of agitation (aggressive, physically nonaggressive, verbal) were compared to dimensions of the social network (intimacy, size/density) in 408 nursing home residents. Results showed that the social networks of aggressive residents and verbally agitated residents were lacking in intimacy. Social networks of physically nonaggressive residents were neutral, even though these persons were severely cognitively impaired, as were the aggressive residents. The size/density of the social network did not differentiate agitated individuals from other residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-123
Number of pages14
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes


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