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Journal of Mental Health and Aging, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1996


Robert C. Abrams, MD


Personality assessment in chronic care populations is becoming recognized as an important area of inquiry. This article reviews recent literature on personality changes in dementia; it concludes that in the absence of adequate paradigms, the assessment of personality traits in demented chronic care patients unavoidably requires informant data. At the present time, the NEO-PI has the strongest claims to interrater reliability, stability, and convergent validity of informant assessments of personality in dementia and is emerging as the standard instrument of the new field. The article also includes a discussion of methodological issues in the assessment of personality disorders to cognitively intact but persistently depressed elderly patients.

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