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NCJ Number: 121556 Find in a Library
Title: Grannybashing (From Abuse of the Elderly: Issues and Annotated Bibliography, P 3-11, 1989, Benjamin Schlesinger and Rachel Schlesinger, eds. -- See NCJ-121555)
Author(s): R A Schlesinger
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Reasoned Straight Program, Inc
Jessup, MD 20794
Sale Source: Reasoned Straight Program, Inc
P.O. Box 700
Jessup, MD 20794
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In the 1980s, the issue of abuse of the elderly, or grannybashing, came to the public's attention; only by acknowledging and naming the problem can it be confronted and ways of preventing it found.
Abstract: The abuse of the elderly within the private family setting is often difficult to detect by outsiders; the absence of an older, dependent, often sick or handicapped woman can easily be attributed to illness. The three categories of elder abuse -- physical, psychological, and economic -- can include criminal assault or simple neglectful behavior. The most likely abuser is the son of the victim, followed by the daughter, and then the spouse of the victim. Feelings of frustration and conflict about the dependent parent, economic hardships, stress over high medical and health costs, the changing status of various family members, substance or marital problems, generational patterns of abuse and violence, and the complexities of the aging process itself all contribute to the grannybashing problems. Education, legislation, and even intervention are recommended ways to prevent elder abuse. 24 references.
Main Term(s): Domestic violence causes; Elder Abuse
Index Term(s): Canada; Domestic assault prevention; Domestic relations
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