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NCJ Number: 63463 Find in a Library
Title: ELDER ABUSE IN MASSACHUSETTS - A SURVEY OF PROFESSIONALS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS
Author(s): H O'MALLEY; H SEGARS; R PEREZ; V MITCHELL; G H KNUEPFEL
Corporate Author: Legal Research and Services for the Elderly
United States of America
Project Director: J BERGMAN
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: Legal Research and Services for the Elderly
Boston, MA 02116
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Boston, MA 02111
Sale Source: Legal Research and Services for the Elderly
2 Park Square
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS A PRELIMINARY OVERVIEW OF INFORMATION ON MASSACHUSETTS ELDERS WHO RESIDE AT HOME AND WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED BY FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS, FRIENDS, OR CARETAKERS FROM JANUARY 1978 TO JUNE 1979.
Abstract: DATA WAS GATHERED FROM STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED SURVEYS SENT TO 1,044 PROFESSIONALS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS DURING MARCH AND APRIL 1979. FIVE TYPES OF INFORMATION WERE COLLECTED: PROFESSIONS SEEING ELDER ABUSE, CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONS ENGAGING IN ABUSE, BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INCIDENT(S), AND RESPONSE(S) TO THE INCIDENT. A TOTAL OF 34 PERCENT OF THE SURVEYS WERE RETURNED, OF WHICH 183 OR 55 PERCENT INDICATED A CITING OF ELDER ABUSE WITHIN THE 18-MONTH PERIOD. AN ADDITIONAL 19 SURVEYS REPORTED INSTANCES OF MULTIPLE ABUSE (MORE THAN 1 PERSON BEING ABUSED) AND WERE NOT CODED FOR ANALYSIS. THE SURVEY DOES NOT REPRESENT A RANDOM SAMPLING OF ANY POPULATION AND ITS FINDINGS ARE NOT GENERALIZABLE BEYOND THIS DATA SET. ALSO, 183 CITINGS DO NOT REPRESENT AN UNDUPLICATED COUNT OF ABUSE CASES. ABUSE INCIDENTS TENDED TO BE RECURRING EVENTS AND NOT SINGLE OCCURRENCES; ALMOST ALL PROFESSIONALS SURVEYED INDICATED THAT THEY KNEW OF ELDER ABUSE CASES; OUTSIDE OBSERVATION TENDED TO BE THE PRIMARY MEANS OF IDENTIFYING ABUSE CASES; AND PHYSICAL TRAUMA CONSISTED OVER 41 PERCENT OF THE REPORTED INJURIES, INCLUDING BRUISES, WELTS, CUTS, PUNCTURES, BONE FRACTURES, DISLOCATIONS, AND BURNINGS. OTHER TYPES OF ABUSE WERE VERBAL HARASSMENT, MALNUTRITION, FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT, UNREASONABLE CONFINEMENT, OVERSEDATION, AND SEXUAL ABUSE. ALSO, ABUSE VICTIMS WERE LIKELY TO BE VERY OLD (75 AND OVER), AND REGARDLESS OF AGE, MORE LIKELY TO BE WOMEN THAN MEN. FINALLY, 70 PERCENT OF ALL RESPONDENTS INDICATED THAT SOME BARRIER TO SERVICE PROVISION WAS EXPERIENCED BY WORKERS. OTHER OBSERVATIONS ON THE NATURE OF ELDER ABUSE ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. TABLES, FOOTNOTES, AND THE SURVEY INSTRUMENT ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG)
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Family offenses; Massachusetts; Older Adults (65+)
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