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Title: Alcoholism and Elder Abuse
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:184-193
Author(s): G J Anetzberger; J E Korbin; C Austin
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD 20892
Grant Number: R01-AG05091
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A comparison group study of abusing and nonabusing caregivers in Ohio suggested a correlation between alcohol use and abuse and violence against elderly persons.
Abstract: The study was part of a larger research project funded by the National Institute on Aging that examined family violence between generations. Samples of elder abuse perpetrators and nonabusing elder caregivers were identified by and received social services from agencies or hospitals in northern Ohio. Both groups were predominantly white and tended to have annual household incomes of less than $20,000. Interview data revealed that abusers were more likely than nonabusers to drink, to become intoxicated, and to be identified as having a drinking problem. Beer tended to be the beverage of choice among most respondents. When respondents identified a specific situation associated with alcohol use, it often involved interaction with the elder parent. Few individuals sought any form of treatment. Limitations and implications of the study for policy and practice are discussed. 32 references, 1 table, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol-crime relationship; Comparative criminology; Crime prevention measures; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Families of crime victims; Ohio; Victims of violent crime
Note: Earlier version of article presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 1991, San Francisco
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