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‘Behaviour that challenges’ in dementia care: an update of psychological approaches for home and care home settings

Moniz-Cook, Esme; James, Ian


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Professor Esme Moniz-Cook
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia Care Research / Dementia Research Work Group Lead

Ian James


Over and above the personal and financial costs associated with dementia, those for ‘behaviour that challenges’ (BtC) are significant (Lowry & Warner, 2009; Hermann et al., 2006). This briefing paper outlines the importance of having a psychological understanding of both the causes and appropriate interventions required for BtC. It highlights the role of clinical psychologists, ideally working within multi-disciplinary teams, in producing biopsychosocial formulations to meet the health and psychosocial needs of a person living with dementia (PwD). The paper also draws on relevant evidence including findings from a recently completed NIHR programme of work on the Management of Challenging Behaviour at home and in care homes (Moniz-Cook et al., 2017) to provide recommendations for action.


Moniz-Cook, E., & James, I. (2017). ‘Behaviour that challenges’ in dementia care: an update of psychological approaches for home and care home settings. FPOP Bulletin, 140, 43-49

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2017
Publication Date 2017-10
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2017
Journal FPOP bulletin
Print ISSN 2396-9652
Electronic ISSN 2396-9660
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 140
Pages 43-49
Keywords Dementia
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in FPOP bulletin, 2017, issue 140.
Contract Date Oct 25, 2017


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©2017 British Psychological Society

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