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Violence in the HomeMultidisciplinary Perspectives$
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Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165180.001.0001

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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

(p.152) 6 Elder Abuse
Violence in the Home

Karel Kurst-Swanger

Jacqueline L. Petcosky

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the unique characteristics of violence against family elders. It reviews the trends that have guided the salience of elder abuse throughout history and provides an overview of the risk factors that make the elderly a vulnerable population for victimization, such as the physical and cognitive changes associated with aging and illness. The role of caregiver stress, ignorance, and impairment, and various cultural factors and social conditions are explored. The chapter investigates the issues associated with measuring elder abuse as a social problem and explores the various forms such abuse takes including physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse; neglect, self-neglect, abandonment, and the violation of rights. The consequences of elder abuse are reviewed including fatalities and the physical, psychological, economic, and legal effects.

Keywords:   caregiver stress, self-neglect, abandonment, financial abuse, economic abuse, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, aging process, elder neglect

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