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NCJ Number: 219950 Find in a Library
Title: English Perceptions of Elder Abuse
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:2/3  Dated:2006  Pages:33-50
Author(s): Maria Daskalopoulos B.A.; Anthony S.J. Mullin B.A.; Elizabeth Donovan M.A.; Hanako Suzuki B.A.
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined conceptions of elder abuse (presented as abusive treatment of an elderly parent by his/her adult child) mentioned by 14 men and 46 women living in England.
Abstract: When asked to provide examples of extreme, moderate, and mild elder abuse, most participants mentioned neglect and physical aggression as forms of extreme abuse. Various forms of neglect and psychological abuse were the most common examples of moderate and mild abuse. References to physical aggression were mentioned most often as examples of extreme abuse rather than of moderate or mild abuse. Within these main categories of abuse, the specific behaviors mentioned most often included physical neglect, psychological neglect, verbal abuse, and deprivation. More women than men provided examples of financial abuse and physical neglect. Women were also more likely than men to list psychological neglect as an extreme form of abuse and disrespect as a form of mild abuse. At the moderate level of abuse, men referred to abuse relating to power more often than did females. A positive relationship was found between the age of the respondent and the number of examples of physical neglect indicated at the moderate level and the number of examples of emotional abuse indicated at the mild level. The sample consisted of 60 individuals who were recruited for the study through personal and professional contacts in Northeast England. Fifty of the participants (11 men and 39 women) completed the survey. Their responses were analyzed for this study. 2 tables and 18 references
Main Term(s): Elderly victims
Index Term(s): Crime seriousness measures; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Foreign criminal justice research; Gender issues; Public Opinion of Crime; United Kingdom (UK)
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