Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America

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Overview

Since the late 1970s when Congressman Claude Pepper held widely publicized hearings on the mistreatment of the elderly, policy makers and practitioners have sought ways to protect older Americans from physical, psychological, and financial abuse. Yet, during the last 20 years fewer than 50 articles have addressed the shameful problem that abusers—and sometimes the abused themselves—want to conceal.

Elder Mistreatment in an Aging America takes a giant step toward broadening our understanding of the mistreatment of the elderly and recommends specific research and funding strategies that can be used to deepen it. The book includes a discussion of the conceptual, methodological, and logistical issues needed to create a solid research base as well as the ethical concerns that must be considered when working with older subjects. It also looks at problems in determination of a report’s reliability and the role of physicians, EMTs, and others who are among the first to recognize situations of mistreatment.

Elder Mistreatment in an Aging America will be of interest to anyone concerned about the elderly and ways to intervene when abuse is suspected, including family members, caregivers, and advocates for the elderly. It will also be of interest to researchers, research sponsors, and policy makers who need to know how to advance our knowledge of this problem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309084345
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 570
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive Summary 1
Pt. I Panel Report
1 Introduction 9
2 Concepts, Definitions, and Guidelines for Measurement 34
3 A Theoretical Model of Elder Mistreatment 60
4 The Occurrence of Elder Mistreatment 71
5 Risk Factors for Elder Mistreatment 88
6 Screening and Case Identification in Clinical Settings 104
7 Evaluating Interventions 121
8 Research Ethics 140
9 Moving Forward 150
References 153
App. A Elder Mistreatment Measures and Studies 165
App. B Analysis of Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions Under State Law 181
App. C Elder Abuse and Neglect: History and Concepts 238
App. D: Biographical Sketches 249
Pt. II Background Papers
10 Elder Mistreatment: Epidemiological Assessment Methodology 261
11 Ethical and Policy Issues in Research on Elder Abuse and Neglect 303
12 The Clinical and Medical Forensics of Elder Abuse and Neglect 339
13 Financial Abuse of the Elderly in Domestic Settings 382
14 Elder Abuse in Residential Long-Term Care Settings: What Is Known and What Information is Needed? 446
15 Elder Abuse Intervention: Lessons from Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Initiatives 501
Index 527
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