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  NCJ Number: NCJ 235036     Find in a Library
  Title: Do Incident and Perpetrator Characteristics of Elder Mistreatment Differ by Gender of the Victim?: Results From the National Elder Mistreatment Study
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Amanda B. Amstadter, Ph.D. ; Josh M. Cisler, M.A. ; Jenna L. McCauley, Ph.D. ; Melba A. Hernandez, M.S. ; Wendy Muzzy, B.S. ; Ron Acierno, Ph.D.
  Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:January - March 2011  Pages:43 to 57
  Date Published: 01/2011
  Page Count: 15
  Annotation: This study examined whether an elder victim's gender played a role in their mistreatment by family members and caregivers.
  Abstract: Perpetrator and incident characteristics were studied in regard to incidents of emotional, physical, and sexual mistreatment of older adults (age 60+) in a national sample of older men and women. Random digit dialing across geographic strata was used to compile a nationally representative sample; computer assisted telephone interviewing was used to standardize collection of demographic, mistreatment, and perpetrator and incident characteristics data. The final sample size consisted of 5,777 older adults. Approximately 1 in 10 adults reported at least 1 form of mistreatment, and the majority of incidents were not reported to authorities. Perpetrators of physical mistreatment against men had more “pathological” characteristics compared to perpetrators of physical mistreatment against women. Perpetrators of physical mistreatment (compared to emotional and sexual mistreatment) also evidenced increased likelihood of legal problems, psychological treatment, substance use during incident, living with the victim, and being related to the victim. Implications for future research and social policy are discussed. (Published Abstract)
  Main Term(s): Crimes against the elderly
  Index Term(s): Victimization ; Offender classification ; Elder Abuse ; Offender profiles ; Elderly victims ; Elderly victim services ; Gender issues ; Institutional elder abuse ; Elderly (65+) ; Gender
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

National Institute on Aging
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2007-WG-BX-0009;R21AG030667;MH083469
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  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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