Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic

Bullying Among Older Adults: How to Recognize and Address an Unseen Epidemic

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“This book provides a foundation for understanding bullying behaviors among older adults . . . and [fills] an important gap in a topic where so few other resources are available.”
—Mercedes Bern-Klug, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A., John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, and Director, Aging Studies Program, University of Iowa
“This much needed resource is well researched and full of practical tools that can be used by a wide range of practitioners. Anyone who works with older adults should keep this handy as a practical reference in their day to day work.”
Judah L. Ronch, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Erickson School, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Unbeknownst to many, bullying is not an experience limited to childhood, but is an epidemic occurring far too often among older adults as well. Studies have revealed the alarmingly high rate at which older adults in senior programs and care settings are bullied by their peers, resulting in profoundly negative effects on the elders, the staff, and the community in which it is occurring. Bullying Among Older Adults is the first resource to address this critical issue, providing the knowledge and tools to recognize bullying and develop constructive ways to intervene and prevent it.
As an expert on late-life bullying, author Robin Bonifas draws upon a growing body of research as well as the voices and actual experiences of the targets and perpetrators of bullying. She exposes the nature of this phenomenon and then presents positive, proactive ways for community-based or long-term care staff to minimize and prevent it from happening. Filled with practical resources and examples, this guide offers effective intervention strategies that including empathy training, empowerment strategies, bystander intervention, and more.
Special features:
• detailed, step-by-step anti-bullying interventions
• effective coping strategies to minimize negative consequences for those bullied
• pro-social activities to promote empathy
• specialized approaches for residents with dementia or mental illness
• learning activities, case studies, sample forms, and policy guidelines (also available as downloadable PDF files)
Bullying Among Older Adults will be an invaluable resource in creating an atmosphere of caring and respect among both residents and staff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938870484
Publisher: Health Professions Press
Publication date: 09/02/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robin P. Bonifas, Ph.D., M.S.W., is currently Assistant Professor at Arizona State University School of Social Work, and received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in social work at the University of Washington. As a social gerontologist, she is focused on long-term care, elder abuse, and the resilience of older adults. Bonifas has provided social work and counseling in various long-term care settings and was named the John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work in 2011. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Educational Gerontology, and Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Her work on bullying has been cited or featured in various blog, radio, newspaper, and other media outlets.

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