Title page for ETD etd-11092004-135151

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bielecki, JoAnne
URN etd-11092004-135151
Title The Diagnosis of Dementia in Persons with Mental Retardation: Validating Methods of Assessment
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Johnny L. Matson Committee Chair
Amy Copeland Committee Member
Katie Cherry Committee Member
William Drew Gouvier Committee Member
Priscilla Allen Dean's Representative
  • alzheimer's disease
  • assessment
  • aging
  • dementia
  • mental retardation
Date of Defense 2004-10-22
Availability unrestricted
The usual assessment instruments for the diagnosis of dementia are often difficult to use among individuals with mental retardation. This study investigates whether a modified method based on Visser et al. (1997) can identify a dementing process. Ninety individuals diagnosed with severe and profound mental retardation were studied. One half of the participants were diagnosed with Down's syndrome. The participants were equally assigned to one of three groups based on perceived risk of dementia. A differential prevalence design was used. Both cross sectional and longitudinal analyses were utilized in this study. Results indicate that the Visser et al. (1997) method is effective in identifying dementia. Differences between syndrome and risk of dementia groups will be discussed.
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