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  NCJ Number: NCJ 178102     Find in a Library
  Title: Financial Exploitation of Elders: Analysis of Risk Factors Based on County Adult Protective Services Data
  Author(s): Namkee G. Choi ; Deborah B. Kulick ; James Mayer
  Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:10  Issue:3/4  Dated:1999  Pages:39 to 62
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 24
  Annotation: Data from case files of an adult protective services program in Erie County, New York, were analyzed to identify risk factors associated with financial exploitation of and mismanagement by elders.
  Abstract: Case files included those in which Protective Services for Older Adults (PSA) intervened between 1989 and 1996. Variables in comparing intervention and nonintervention groups included age, gender, report/referral source, previous PSA intervention, housing problems, and living arrangements. Variables in comparing financial exploitation-mismanagement and mismanagement-only groups also included nature of exploitation and/or mismanagement, other forms of co-occurring abuse or neglect, social network, whether the elder required assistance with daily living activities, cognitive ability, and perpetrator's relationship to the elder. It was found that elders who were financially exploited were primarily in their late 70s and tended to be cognitively impaired. Owner-occupant elders were especially vulnerable to exploitation, and financial mismanagement and exploitation often occurred together. About 60 percent of perpetrators were relatives of elderly victims, mostly their adult children, and the rest of perpetrators were not related to elderly victims. Implications of the findings for intervention include case management for frail, cognitively impaired elders; preventive education programs; and ongoing collaboration among adult protective services, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies. 27 references and 6 tables
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly ; Elder Abuse ; Elderly victims ; New York
  Sponsoring Agency: State University of New York at Buffalo
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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