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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Mistreated and Neglected Elders

Mistreated and Neglected Elders

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(p.219) 18 Mistreated and Neglected Elders
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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SUSAN TOMITA

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0018

This chapter focuses on social work practice with elders who have been mistreated or neglected, a problem area that has been recognized only within the past two decades. It discusses various types of elder mistreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, identity theft, undue influence, and neglect and self-neglect. Whether an act is considered abusive or neglectful is defined based on intentionality, severity, intensity, frequency, and consequences. The chapter reviews theories of causation of elder mistreatment, as well as the characteristics of perpetrators and victims. A major emphasis is the presentation of specific assessment and counseling strategies for social workers to use in working with elders when maltreatment is suspected.

Keywords:   aging, elderly abuse, social work practice, elder mistreatment

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