Severe family violence and Alzheimer's disease: prevalence and risk factors

Gerontologist. 1992 Aug;32(4):493-7. doi: 10.1093/geront/32.4.493.


This study describes the prevalence of violence and the putative risk factors for violence in 184 Alzheimer patients and their primary caregivers living in the community. Analysis of the severe violence subscale of the Conflict Tactics Scale indicated that 15.8% of patients had been violent in the year since diagnosis. A total of 5.4% of caregivers reported being violent toward the patient. The overall prevalence of violence was 17.4%. The variables most associated with violence were caregiver depression and living arrangement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / therapy*
  • Caregivers*
  • Elder Abuse / epidemiology
  • Elder Abuse / etiology*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Violence*