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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/277038
Title:
Unawareness of deficits in Huntington's disease
Author:
McGlynn, Susan Mary, 1960-
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Several new techniques were developed to assess quantitatively the degree to which patients with Huntington's disease (HD) are aware of their deficits, to evaluate the relation between cognitive impairment and unawareness of deficits, and to determine whether patients exhibit differential awareness of their motor disturbance and cognitive deficits. Results of a questionnaire measure indicated that HD patients rated their own difficulties with motor and cognitive activities of daily life significantly lower than relatives rated patients' problems, and this discrepancy was related to patients' level of cognitive impairment. In contrast, patients were reasonably accurate when predicting their performance on specific motor and cognitive tasks when compared to both their actual performance and relatives' predictions. Several interpretations of these findings are discussed, and the role of frontal lobe dysfunction in the awareness problems characterizing dementia is considered.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Huntington's chorea -- Psychological aspects.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Kaszniak, Alfred W.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleUnawareness of deficits in Huntington's diseaseen_US
dc.creatorMcGlynn, Susan Mary, 1960-en_US
dc.contributor.authorMcGlynn, Susan Mary, 1960-en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractSeveral new techniques were developed to assess quantitatively the degree to which patients with Huntington's disease (HD) are aware of their deficits, to evaluate the relation between cognitive impairment and unawareness of deficits, and to determine whether patients exhibit differential awareness of their motor disturbance and cognitive deficits. Results of a questionnaire measure indicated that HD patients rated their own difficulties with motor and cognitive activities of daily life significantly lower than relatives rated patients' problems, and this discrepancy was related to patients' level of cognitive impairment. In contrast, patients were reasonably accurate when predicting their performance on specific motor and cognitive tasks when compared to both their actual performance and relatives' predictions. Several interpretations of these findings are discussed, and the role of frontal lobe dysfunction in the awareness problems characterizing dementia is considered.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHuntington's chorea -- Psychological aspects.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKaszniak, Alfred W.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1337433en_US
dc.identifier.oclc22842411en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17509865en_US
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