Masters Thesis

An adaptive behavior rating scale for the aged in skilled nursing facilities.

Philanthropic concern for the particular problems of institutionalized elderly adults dates back to the late nineteenth century, but until recently a dearth in specialized psychological assessment devices for the aged existed. During the last decade a number of behavior rating scales and other clinical instruments were developed to describe the various behaviors, attitudes, and mental disorders of the elderly on psychiatric wards. Many institutionalized groups of younger age ranges and varying nosological categories have had the advantage of psychologically sophisticated assessment tools to abet their treatment, but psychometrics in skilled nursing care of the aged has been a neglected area. The need for a behavior rating scale designed and factored specifically for the aged residing in skilled nursing facilities has been unfulfilled.