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NCJ Number: 251034 Find in a Library
Title: Identification of Risk and Protective Factors for Elder Financial Exploitation
Author(s): Stacey Wood
Corporate Author: E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
United States of America
Date Published: July 2017
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2013-IJ-CX-0026
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Grants and Funding; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This project’s goal was to develop a conceptual model that includes risk and protective factors for the financial exploitation of elder adults (FE).
Abstract: The study notes that although FE can occur at any stage of a victim’s life, studies document that older adults are disproportionately targeted, and they are less likely to report FE. The framework for this project was derived from known risk factors for FE, predicted protective factors for FE, and conceptual approaches from the child mistreatment literature on risk and resilience. Two waves of data collection occurred, each involving approximately 200 older adults. In developing the conceptual model from the research, it is advised that social interaction that is central in older adults’ lives is essential in designing prevention and intervention programs. Since FE cases can be specific to each case, designing prevention or intervention around reducing negative exchanges with close others might not be easy; however, based on the data obtained in this study, this is an effective way to reduce FE risk. Poor physical health and depression were also determined to be predictive of FE, so incorporating ways to improve both physical and mental health should be considered a universal approach for reducing FE risk when a client-centered approach is not feasible. Addressing perceived social isolation, which tends to occur in depressed individuals, was more effective than interventions designed to improve social support or increase opportunities for social contact. The findings of this research should provide criminal justice policymakers with baseline information on how common different types of FE offenses are in a representative sample. 2 tables and 12 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Crime specific countermeasures; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Elderly victims; Financial fraud; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; Risk and Protective Factors
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