Self-Neglecting Elders

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Overview

While elder abuse is a topic that has been widely explored, elder self-neglect is a subject that has not really been defined, much less discussed at any length. This volume is the first comprehensive work on the prevalent geriatric problem of self-neglect. It contains original clinical research and analyzes the medical, psychological, and social aspects of geriatric self-neglect from various perspectives of professionals within the geriatric field.

This volume opens with an overview of elder self-neglect, including a general framework that describes exactly what is involved with this clinical problem. The authors then explore the broad societal implications of self-neglect before going on to examine special risks and subgroups that are associated with this dilemma. The final chapter investigates areas of research likely to enhance further understanding of this problem. Social workers, nurses and geriatric professionals who are concerned with this threat to our elderly will find this volume to be a valuable resource that provides an interdisciplinary perspective on health and social services.

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Contains original clinical research that analyzes the medical, psychological, and social aspects of the prevalent geriatric problem of self-neglect, from the perspectives of various professionals who encounter the situation. The ten studies include overviews, and discussions of systems considerations, special risks, and subgroups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865690479
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/1992
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ELOISE RATHBONE-McCUAN is Associate Chief of Social Work Service at the Colmery-O'Neil V.A. Medical Center and Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas.

DOROTHY R. FABIAN is a gerontologist-consultant with the Geriatric Hip Fracture Program at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute in New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Overview
1 Elder Self-Neglect: A Blurred Concept 3
2 A General Framework for Elder Self-Neglect 13
II Systems Considerations
3 Ethical Issues in Working with Self-Neglect 27
4 Psychiatric and Biomedical Considerations in Self-Neglect 46
5 A Family Systems Perspective of Self-Neglect 71
III Special Risks and Subgroups
6 Institutional Care Settings and Self-Neglect 91
7 Older Developmentally Disabled Adults and Self-Neglect 107
8 Geriatric Alcoholism and Self-Neglect 127
9 Geriatric Protective Services and Self-Neglect 144
10 Conclusion: Research and Clinical Directions in Self-Neglect 161
Bibliography 173
Index 187
About the Contributors 195
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