Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America
National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Law and Justice, Committee on National Statistics, Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect
National Academies Press, Jan 6, 2003 - Social Science - 568 pages
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 abusersā€"and sometimes the abused themselvesā€"want to conceal.
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... mistreatment has attracted sustained efforts from practitioners and some
interest from policy makers over the past two decades, it has not received
concomitant attention from researchers or from the agencies that provide
Preparatory funding should be provided to develop and test measures for
identifying elder mistreatment. There is inadequate information on elder
mistreatment occurrence among both community-dwelling and institutionalized
elders. However ...
Funding for the protective services was to come from social services block grants
(SSBG) given by the federal government to the states. Until this time, most SSBG
funds had been used exclusively for child protective services. This new federal ...
One of the reasons for this situation is that so little funding has been available for
research on elder mistreatment. Although more outstanding investigators might
have attracted more funding, dedicated funding also could attract more and better
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3 A Theoretical Model of Elder Mistreatment
4 The Occurrence of Elder Mistreatment
5 Risk Factors for Elder Mistreatment
6 Screening and Case Identification in Clinical Settings
7 Evaluating Interventions
APPENDIX B Analysis of Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions Under State Law
History and Concepts
APPENDIX D Biographical Sketches
Epidemiological Assessment Methodology
11 Ethical and Policy Issues in Research on Elder Abuse and Neglect
12 The Clinical and Medical Forensics of Elder Abuse and Neglect
13 Financial Abuse of the Elderly in Domestic Settings
What Is Known and What Information Is Needed?
8 Research Ethics
9 Moving Forward
APPENDIX A Elder Mistreatment Measures and Studies
Lessons from Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Initiatives