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NCJ Number: 222421 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Loneliness on Telemarketing Fraud Vulnerability Among Older Adults
Journal: Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:2008  Pages:63-85
Author(s): Linda M. Alves M.S.W; Steve R. Wilson Ph.D., LCSW
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 23
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In an attempt to broaden the existing body of knowledge, this study examined the relationship between telemarketing fraud and loneliness among older adults.
Abstract: Victims of telemarketing fraud tended to be male, divorced or separated, and college-educated, between the ages of 60 and 70. Age and marital status were significantly associated with loneliness. Despite the limitations of the study, the results are a valuable step for future research in this area and increase awareness of telemarketing fraud in the older population. Telemarketing fraud is a prevalent and costly societal problem impacting countless older adults. Older adults are disproportionately affected by telemarketing fraud, especially those who are socially isolated (lonely older adults).The literature contains an insufficient body of knowledge regarding the relationship between social isolation and telemarketing fraud vulnerability. This study attempted to address the gaps in literature. Specifically, it yielded recent data about the relationship between telemarketing fraud and loneliness among a sample of 28 older adults. The findings enable inferences to be made regarding the impact that loneliness has on telemarketing fraud susceptibility. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Elderly victims; Telemarketing fraud
Index Term(s): Adults (18+); Consumer fraud; Consumers; Deceptive advertising; Fraud; Older Adults (65+); Victimization; Victimization risk
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