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Does the well-being of individuals with Down syndrome and dementia improve when using life story books and rummage boxes? A randomised single case series experiment

Crook, N., Adams, M., Shorten, N., Langdon, Peter E. (2016) Does the well-being of individuals with Down syndrome and dementia improve when using life story books and rummage boxes? A randomised single case series experiment. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12151)

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Abstract

Background: This study investigated whether a personalised life story book and rummage box enhanced well-being and led to changes in behaviour for people with Down syndrome (DS) who have dementia. Materials & Methods: A randomised single-case series design was used with five participants who had Down syndrome and a diagnosis of dementia. Participants were invited to take part in three conditions at random a) life story book, b) rummage box and c) no intervention condition. Results: The two reminiscence conditions were significantly associated with enhanced well-being as compared to the no-intervention condition. However, for one participant, the life story book was associated with significantly higher well-being, while for another participant, the rummage box was associated with significantly higher well-being, suggesting some participants may prefer one method over another. Conclusions: Personalised life story books and rummage boxes are associated with higher levels of well-being for people with DS and dementia.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12151
Uncontrolled keywords: dementia care mapping, reminiscence, cognitive stimulation therapy, learning disability, neurodevelopmental disorders
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 09:21 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 13:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42835 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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