Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Fourth International Conference; Australia, 2007

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Poster Session #43
#43 Poster Session - DEV
Monday, August 13, 2007
5:00 PM–6:30 PM
Level 4 Lobby
18. Effects of the Eden Model on Engagement and Affect of Elders with Dementia.
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
LINDA A. LEBLANC (Western Michigan University), R. Mark Mathews (University of Sydney), Allison A. Jay (Western Michigan University), Jonathan C. Baker (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Eden Model of care has become a widely adopted approach to designing special care units for elders with dementia, in spite of relatively little empirical support for the specific effects of the model. The model involves incorporation of homelike environments, pets, and specialized staff training into the structural and organizational design of long-term care settings. Data are presented from three years of direct observation behavior mapping that focuses on resident engagement and affect, and staff-resident interactions in an Eden model special care unit. Engagement and affect are examined in relation to proximity and use of Eden model features. Data are also presented on staff and family satisfaction related to aspects of the Eden model. Directions for future research on the Eden model are discussed.



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