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NCJ Number: 149200 Find in a Library
Title: Elder Mediation: Can It Contribute to the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Protection of the Rights of Elders and Their Carers?
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:83-96
Author(s): Y Craig
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Mediation is currently being offered in the U.S. to elders as a service to complement other forms of intervention including advocacy and legal, medical, psychiatric, and social assistance.
Abstract: The principles upon which mediation is based, and that apply to all older and vulnerable persons, include minimal intervention, the transformation of disputes, and communicative ethics. This article describes two demonstration projects in which senior volunteers and long-term care ombudsmen were trained in mediation skills. Qualitative data indicated that seniors were enthusiastic about the value of their peer role in helping elders and their carers manage conflict more constructively. Persons who used the mediation services seemed to be satisfied by the outcome. The limited demand for mediation services is explained here by the lack of familiarity with the process among seniors, particularly those living in poorer neighborhoods. 47 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Mediation; Older Adults (65+)
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