A Feminist Perspective on Gender and Elder Abuse: A Review of the Literature

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    • "A study of US college students found that women were more likely than men to view elder abuse as serious (Fehr et al. 2004). It is generally observed that women have more experiences of abusive relationships (Nerenberg 2002). It may be that women have more expressive understandings of intimate and interpersonal relationships, which could impact on their perceptions of the extent and severity of violence, but this survey found it was in reports of defective personal care that the gender differential was greatest. "
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    ABSTRACT: Large surveys of the general population's perceptions of the neglect and mis-treatment of older people are few. This article provides evidence about the pub-lic's awareness of 'elder abuse ' at a time of considerable media and political interest in the subject in many countries. It presents the findings of a survey of 1,000 adults' knowledge of the neglect and mistreatment of older people in the UK. Descriptive and multivariate analyses were used to examine : variations in the perception of the existence of neglect or mistreatment of older people, the perceived relative prevalence of knowing an older person who had been subject to such experiences, the type and place of such experiences and knowledge of sources of help in such circumstances. The key findings are that older people believed that there is less neglect and mistreatment of older people than younger people, that women perceived more than men, and that there were regional variations in these perceptions. One-quarter said they knew an older person who had experienced neglect or mistreatment, and such reports were most likely among the middle aged and women. The most frequently reported locations of abuse were care homes and hospitals, and the most commonly reported form was inadequate or insufficient personal care. Most people said they would contact social services or paid carers if they encountered neglect or mistreatment. The findings are discussed in the light of increased policy attention to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults, and the implications for research, practice and campaigning organisations are considered.
    Ageing and Society 11/2007; 27(06). DOI:10.1017/S0144686X07006289 · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is a scarcity of theoretical frameworks capable of describing precursors and dynamics associated with elder abuse and neglect in Latino families. The present manuscript seeks to address this gap in the literature by presenting an integrative theoretical framework that fosters an ecological and cultural understanding of elder abuse and neglect among Latinos. The proposed model rests on the premise that Latino families caring for elder adults have the ability to adapt to the demands of aging only if they are supported by nurturing environments. The usefulness of the model is threefold. First, the proposed model describes elder abuse and neglect as multifactorial phenomena and identifies specific risk factors associated with the etiology and maintenance of elder abuse and neglect in Latino families. Second, the model provides clinical applications, including reflections about the therapists' need to extend their scope of practice beyond traditional family therapy interventions. A brief case study is presented that illustrates the clinical application of the model with a Latino family. Implications for future research are discussed.
    Family Process 01/2008; 46(4):451-70. DOI:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2007.00225.x · 1.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents the research carried out on a sample of 303 elderly men and women. In the last year they reported experiencing violence in the family as follows: psychological abuse (24.1%), financial exploitation (6.4%), physical abuse (4.4%), and sexual abuse (2.1%). The abusers were most often husbands (30.15%), sons (16.64%), daughters (14.01%), and wives (9.21%). In the partner relationship, 44% of the women and 35% of the men had experienced at least some form of violence. The results showed that elderly men and women who were victims of family abuse had poorer psychological health than those without such experiences. Elderly who had experienced partner violence consumed alcohol more often than those who had experienced violence by other household members.
    Journal of Aggression Maltreatment & Trauma 04/2009; 18(3):261-279. DOI:10.1080/10926770902835873
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