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Book: Language, Interaction and Frontotemporal Dementia

Chapter: Examining Perseverative Behaviors of a Frontotemporal Dementia Patient and Caregiver Responses: The Benefits of Observing Ordinary Interactions and Reflections on Caregiver Stress

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.22114


This chapter aims to explore the nature of a patient’s inappropriate behaviors in interaction, focusing on perseverative behaviors; to document how caregivers attempt to manage inappropriate behaviors and how such attempts influence the interaction and to consider the nature and extent of the responsibilities taken on by caregivers and other interlocutors when FTD patients do not adhere to social expectations, and how these responsibilities may contribute to the stress of being an FTD caregiver.

Chapter Contributors

  • Lisa Mikesell ( - book-auth-475) 'UCLA'