skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 218502 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence and Incidence of Intimate Partner and Interpersonal Mistreatment in Older Women in Primary Care Offices
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:2006  Pages:83-105
Author(s): Therese Zink M.D.; Bonnie S. Fisher Ph.D.
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio Attorney General's Office
Columbus, OH 43215-3428
Grant Number: R605H23525
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the prevalence and incidence of different types of intimate partner and interpersonal mistreatment among older women as well as their mistreatment experiences in ambulatory primary care offices.
Abstract: The findings indicated that 45.2 percent of participants reported suffering most frequently from psychological/emotional mistreatment since the age of 55 years. Another 2.5 percent of participants experienced physical mistreatment by an interpersonal perpetrator while 1.6 percent experienced physical mistreatment by an intimate partner. Intimate partners sexually mistreated 2.1 percent of participants while interpersonal perpetrators sexually mistreated 0.8 percent of the female participants aged 55 or older. Children were the most common perpetrators of controlling behaviors, threats, physical, and caregiver mistreatment. In terms of their response to the mistreatment, only 54 percent of physically mistreated women reported the abuse to anyone and 41 percent and 32 percent, respectively, told someone about their caregiver or sexual mistreatment. The findings suggest that screening women concerning possible mistreatment should be an integral component of primary health care services, and professionals should be trained about how to assist older victims. Participants were 995 women randomly chosen through the patient lists of females 55 years or older provided by adult primary care officers affiliated with an academic center in the Midwest. Participants completed a survey that elicited information about mental health status, health conditions, and the five domains of elder mistreatment: psychological/emotional, financial/control, physical, sexual, and caregiver. Participants reporting abuse were asked more probing questions regarding the abuse, the perpetrator, and their response to the abuse. Data were analyzed using SPSS 11.5 software and included descriptive statistics and tests of significance such as chi-square and t-tests. Limitations of the study are discussed and include its reliance on self-reported data. Tables, notes, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Elder Abuse; Estimated crime incidence
Index Term(s): Female victims; Offender profiles
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.