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Mistreatment of older people in the United Kingdom: findings from the first National Prevalence Study

Authors:
BIGGS Simon, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 20(1), January 2009, pp.1-14.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The National Prevalence Study of Elder Mistreatment took place in 2006 and included 2,111 respondents aged 66 and over from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who answered a face-to-face questionnaire. Mistreatment by family members, close friends or care workers was reported by 2.6%, with the most common form being neglect (1.1%) followed by financial abuse (0.6%), psychological abuse (0.4%), physical abuse (0.4%) and sexual abuse (0.2%). Women were significantly more likely to have experienced mistreatment than men but there were gender differences according to type of abuse and perpetrator, and divergent patterns for neglect, financial and interpersonal abuse. Further analysis of the data also indicated that the likelihood of mistreatment varied according to socioeconomic position and health status.

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The first national study of elder abuse and neglect: contrast with results from other studies

Author:
THOMAS Cynthia
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 12(1), 2000, pp.1-14.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (NEAIS) conducted in 1994-1999 in the U.S.A. was designed to obtain national estimates of both reported and unreported cases of elder abuse and neglect for 1996. This article contrasts the methods and results of this study with several previous studies to assess the reasons for differences in estimates. These differences include whether the study was designed to measure prevalence or incidence, the inclusiveness of the definitions, eligible age range, and methods of data collection. Concludes that future studies should combine incidence and prevalence and ranges and definitional subsets to meet different public policy requirements.

Journal article

Elder abuse

Author:
-
Journal article citation:
ADSS News, 5(3), September 1995, pp.21-22.
Publisher:
Association of Directors of Social Services

Summarises an ADSS document setting out guidelines on dealing with elder abuse.

Journal article

'Elder abuse' as an innovation to Australia: a critical overview

Author:
DUNN Peter F.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 6(3/4), 1995, pp.13-30.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Social and economic pressures over the last decade have influenced Australian governments to focus on policies that address the needs of the older population. Although public assistance to older Australians dates back nearly a century, the 1980s saw unprecedented attention to and reform of public policies for the aged. This focus on the 'greying' of the nation encouraged the development of research initiatives into the needs of older persons. The recognition of 'elder abuse; as a social construct and innovation to Australia coincided with this general focus on the aged; in particular, the vulnerable aged population.

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The mistreatment of older people: widening the horizon

Author:
GARROD Glen
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 3(4), December 1993, pp.9-12.
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Describes a pilot recording project initiated within County Durham in 1992 which sought to collect detail about cases of mistreatment encountered by a wide range of social care agencies throughout the county.

Journal article

What next?

Author:
-
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.7.93, 1993, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

In the penultimate week of 'Community Care' journal's campaigning series of features on elder abuse experts are asked for their views on what the future holds.

Journal article

Now read on...

Author:
FRANCIS Joy
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 22.7.93, 1993, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Lists a selection of articles, books, reports and forthcoming publications on the subject of elder abuse.

Book

No longer afraid: the safeguard of older people in domestic settings; practice guidelines

Authors:
TOMLINSON David F., et al
Publisher:
HMSO/Great Britain. Department of Health. Social Services Inspectorate
Publication year:
1993
Pagination:
40p.
Place of publication:
London

Deals primarily with issues SSD managers and practitioners need to consider when working with older people. Comments on the prevalence of elder abuse and its causes, and includes a list of possible indicators of abuse.

Journal article

Causes of elder abuse : caregivers stress versus problem relatives

Authors:
PILLEMER Karl, FINKELHOR David
Journal article citation:
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 59(2), April 1989, pp.179-188.

A survey in Boston indicated that causes of elder abuse are linked to the socioemotional maladjustment of the caregiver, rather than problems relating to the victim.

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Financial abuse of older people in Northern Ireland: the unsettling truth

Author:
COMMISSIONER FOR OLDER PEOPLE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
24
Place of publication:
Belfast

This study provides evidence of the scope and scale of the financial abuse of older people in Northern Ireland. The study interviewed 1,025 people older people (aged 60 and over) across Northern Ireland were surveyed in relation to financial abuse. They were asked 29 questions in relation to their personal finances, money-management and decision-making in the last 12 months. The results found that that 21 per cent of older people surveyed had experienced some kind of financial abuse. The most prevalent forms of financial abuse identified were issues relating to money and possessions (7 per cent of respondents); buying and selling goods (6 per cent of respondents); and issues relating to charity contributions (4 per cent of respondents). Other types of financial abuse identified included: coercion to sign and fraudulent use of signatures; changes to legal and financial documents and investments; experience of coercion; bank account activity; deception and misuse of money; and issues relating to inheritance and power of attorney. Based on the result of the survey sample, which was representative of Northern Ireland’s older population, the findings suggest that over 75,000 older people are experiencing some form of financial abuse in Northern Ireland. (Edited publisher abstract)

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