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NCJ Number: 149824 Find in a Library
Title: Elder Abuse (From Family Violence: Prevention and Treatment, P 142-158, 1993, Robert L. Hampton, Thomas P. Gullotta, et al., eds. - See NCJ-149818)
Author(s): F A Boudreau
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter addresses several issues related to elder abuse in the U.S., including its prevalence, characteristics of victims and perpetrators, and strategies for prevention.
Abstract: This article cites statistics that estimate the percentage of older persons being abused ranges from 4 to 10 percent. That proportion is likely to rise as families continue to be the primary source of care for the dependent elderly and as the number of persons surviving to old age also increases. The research on elder abuse suffers from several conceptual and methodological issues including definitional problems, differing research methodologies, and the use of nonrandom sampling procedures. General theories of elder abuse range from the intergenerational transmission of violence to psychopathology, dependency, and familial stress. The author offers policy recommendations relating to a broadened research agenda, evaluation research, establishment of local shelters, provision of services to caretakers, family counseling, and increased awareness of service providers. 1 table and 44 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Elder Abuse; Psychological victimization effects
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