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NCJ Number: NCJ 241311     Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence and Correlates of Emotional, Physical, Sexual, and Financial Abuse and Potential Neglect in the United States: The National Elder Mistreatment Study
Author(s): Ron Acierno, Ph.D. ; Melba A. Hernandez, M.S. ; Ananda B. Amstadter, Ph.D. ; Heidi S. Resnick, Ph.D. ; Kenneth Steve, M.S. ; Wendy Muzzy, B.S. ; Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
  Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:100  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:292 to 297
Date Published: 02/2010
Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This study examined the prevalence of emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse and potential neglect in older Americans.
Abstract: Highlights from this study on the prevalence of elder abuse and neglect in the United States include the following: 11.4 percent of survey respondents reported experiencing at least one form of mistreatment in the past year; 4.6 percent had experienced some form of emotional abuse and 7.9 percent of these incidents had been reported to police; 1.6 percent had experienced some form of physical abuse and 31 percent of these incidents were reported to police; and sexual abuse was reported by 0.6 percent of respondents, with 16 percent of these incidents being reported to police. The study also found that the potential neglect was reported by 5.9 percent of respondents, while financial mistreatment perpetrated by family members was reported by 5.2 percent of respondents. Data for the study were obtained from a sample (n=5,777) of adults age 60 years or older that resulted from random-digit dialing across geographic strata. Statistical analyses were conducted to determine the effect that certain factors might have on the potential for abuse and neglect. These factors included income, employment status, health status, experience of previous traumatic events, social support, use of social services, and required assistance with daily activities. The analyses found that low social support significantly increased the risk of virtually all forms of mistreatment, while the experience of previous traumatic events increased the risk for emotional, sexual, and financial mistreatment. These findings suggest that elder abuse is a prevalent and significant problem in the United States. Study limitations and implications for policy are discussed. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Elder Abuse
Index Term(s): Crimes against the elderly ; Negligence ; Elderly victims ; Emotional Abuse/Harm ; Verbal abuse ; Institutional elder abuse ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Elderly (65+)
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
Grant Number: 2007-WG-BX-0009;R21AG030667
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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