Journal article

Abuse against older persons


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Author list: Soares, Joaquim J F

Publisher: OMIC

Place: USA

Publication year: 2015

ISSN: 2167-1168




Older age is often connected with stresses (e.g. reduced financial capacity, aloneness, increased morbidity). Violence may be an additional strain increasing the overall burden of older persons. Recent data with different samples (e.g. general population) concerning abuse towards older persons show prevalence rates up to 55%. Elder abuse co-exists for instance with depression, premature mortality and injury. Interestingly, little attention has been paid to sex differences in elder abuse. To the extent that such data exist, the findings are inconsistent, i.e. no differences between the sexes, women more abused than men and the opposite. Based on a randomly selected sample of 4,467 women and men aged 60-84 years from 7 European countries (Germany; Greece; Italy; Lithuania; Portugal; Spain; Sweden) and with well-known instruments (e.g. CTS2), we found the following. There were no differences between women and men concerning the prevalence of abuse (e.g. psychological), and its chronicity (how often) and severity (e.g. minor). However, when abuse acts were divided into low and high frequency, women tended to have been exposed to higher levels of abuse (e.g. psychological) than men. Furthermore, although abused women and men were doing worse (e.g. poor quality of life) than non-abused, women´s problems were more evident. Practitioners should consider these issues and develop effective prevention and treatment interventions to alleviate the situation of older persons.


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