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NCJ Number: 149198 Find in a Library
Title: Elder Maltreatment Among Rural African-Americans
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:1- 27
Author(s): L W Griffin
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 27
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory study of elder abuse among rural African-Americans was based on interviews with 10 reportedly abused elders and the suspected perpetrators of that abuse, who lived in three rural counties in eastern North Carolina.
Abstract: Eight major themes were identified among these elderly maltreatment situations and relationships. The first is that there is a relationship between social conditioning and abusive behavior among rural African-Americans. Physically abusing elderly is particularly unacceptable among this population. Poverty is a factor in rural African-American elder maltreatment situations. Perpetrators of elder abuse in these situations are adults involved in dependent, mutually beneficial relationships with elders. The researchers noted that nontraditional family constellations are common among rural African-Americans. Elder abuse victims are geographically isolated from services, medical care, and family members. The study identified minimalization and neutralization behavior among both the perpetrators and victims. Finally, psychological demoralization is problematic for rural African-American families. 1 figure and 54 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Elder Abuse; Elderly victims; North Carolina; Rural crime
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