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Elder abuse research: a systematic review

Authors:
DALY Jeanette M., MERCHANT Mary L., JOGERST Gerald J.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23(4), September 2011, pp.348-365.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The US National Library of Medicine defines elder abuse as emotional, nutritional, or physical maltreatment of an older person, generally by family members or by institutional personnel. The purpose of this study was to provide a systematic review of, and assign an evidence grade to, research articles on elder abuse. A review of health sciences literature including electronic database searches was used to identify English-language articles reporting completed research on abuse of people aged 55 years or older from any country. 590 publications (492 quantitative studies, 78 qualitative studies, and 20 case studies) were reviewed, annotated and graded. The article discusses the key findings, scope and limitations of elder abuse research. It notes that elder abuse research is minimal and difficult to discern across disciplines, and that none of the publications identified was given the top grade. A table providing details of 14 research intervention studies is included, and the article reports that the 590 annotated publications are available online at the Department of Family Medicine, Carver College of Medicine University of Iowa website.

Journal article

Elder Mistreatment: an international narrative

Authors:
PODNIEKS Elizabeth, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 22(1-2), January 2010, pp.131-163.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This global research review reports on the work of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and on diverse aspects elder abuse and neglect, from a range of countries including Canada, United States and Australia, Japan, India, South Korea and others in Asia, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and others in Europe and Scandinavia. The role cultural identity plays is explored and the authors comment on the way different countries share stories, policies and initiatives which stimulates debate and discussion on various cultural nuances active in elder abuse, internationally.

Book

A guide to research in the UK

Authors:
MCCREADIE Claudine, comp
Publisher:
Action On Elder Abuse
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

Booklet listing research on elder abuse in the UK.

Journal article

Researching elder abuse

Authors:
OGG Jim, MUNN-GIDDINGS Carol
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 13(3), September 1993, pp.389-413.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

There is a growing interest among several disciplines in the phenomenon of the abuse of elderly people. This article examines how elder abuse is being constructed as a social problem and the particular conceptual difficulties which sets elder abuse apart from other forms of family violence. American elder abuse research findings are discussed focusing upon the difficulties of developing indicators of abuse and the consequent problems of comparing findings. A lack of British research on elder abuse is noted and this deficit is examined with reference to the methodological and ethical issues of researching a sensitive topic. The way in which the research process interacts with and influences our understanding of elder abuse is examined in the light of these considerations. Concludes with a call for greater awareness of these issues in future research on elder abuse.

Journal article

Debatable points

Author:
PHILPOT Terry
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.7.93, 1993, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

A panel of experts were bought together to conclude the campaign by 'Community Care' journal on elder abuse. Their discussion included consideration of some practical problems facing practitioners, policy-makers, and government in tackling the problems of uncovering and dealing with elder abuse.

Journal article

Elder abuse in Britain

Authors:
OGG Jim, BENNETT Gerry
Journal article citation:
British Medical Journal, 24.10.92, 1992, pp.998-999.
Publisher:
British Medical Association

Short reports of a survey carried out in conjunction with the "omnibus" survey of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys.

Journal article

Sufferers in silence

Author:
PRITCHARD Jacki
Journal article citation:
Care Weekly, 9.8.91, 1991, pp.10-11.

Sums up findings of a study of elder abuse in Sheffield, particularly the role of day care staff in detecting it and helping victims to disclose information.

Book

Elder abuse: an exploratory study

Author:
MCCREADIE Claudine
Publisher:
Age Concern Institute of Gerontology
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
75p.,tables,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Explores what is currently known about elder abuse in the UK, Canada, and the USA. Defines elder abuse and looks at incidence, recent research, and who is involved in work on the subject. Finally, presents ideas for future research.

Journal article

Old and abused

Author:
PRITCHARD Jacki
Journal article citation:
Social Work Today, 15.2.90, 1990, pp.22-2.
Publisher:
British Association of Social Workers

Research on the abuse of elderly people has tended to conclude that the majority of victims are female and over 80 -but research in Sheffield has highlighted a far more complex problem.

Journal article

The impact of relationship dynamics on the detection and reporting of elder abuse occurring in domestic settings

Authors:
JACKSON Shelly L., HAFEMEISTER Thomas L.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 27(2), 2015, pp.121-145.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

There is a keen desire to increase the detection and reporting of elder abuse. The purpose of this study was to describe the circumstances under which abuse is detected and reported and to identify the relationship dynamics that might be impacting detection and reporting decisions. Interviews were conducted with 71 Adult Protective Services (APS) caseworkers, 55 of their elderly clients, and 32 third-party adults. Detection and reporting are distinct but related acts. The temporal relationship between detection and reporting generally differed depending on the nature and quality of the relationship between (a) the victim and offender and (b) the victim and reporter. Efforts to increase reporting may benefit from taking into consideration these relationship dynamics. A range of individuals detected and reported elder abuse, including victims, under a range of circumstances, reinforcing the value of public efforts to increase awareness of elder abuse. (Edited publisher abstract)

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