Elder mistreatment: abuse, neglect, and exploitation in an aging America

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National Academies Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 552 pages
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Since the late 1970s when Congressman Claude Pepper held widely publicized hearings on the mistreatment of the elderly, policymakers and practitioners have sought ways to protect older Americans from physical, psychological, and financial abuse. Yet, during the past 20 years, fewer than 50 articles have addressed the shameful problem that abusers -- and sometimes the abused themselves -- want to conceal.Elder Mistreatment takes a giant step toward broadening our understanding of the mistreatment of the elderly and recommends specific research and funding strategies that can be used to deepen it. The book includes a discussion of the conceptual, methodological, and logistical issues needed to create a solid research base as well as the ethical concerns that must be considered when working with older subjects. It also looks at problems in determination of a report's reliability and the role of physicians, EMTs, and others who are among the first to recognize situations of mistreatment.Elder Mistreatment,will be of interest to anyone concerned about the elderly and ways to intervene when abuse is suspected, including family members, caregivers, and advocates for the elderly. It will also be of interest to researchers, research sponsors, and policymakers who need to know how to advance our knowledge of this problem.

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Contents

Introduction
9
Concepts Definitions and Guidelines for Measurement
34
A Theoretical Model of Elder Mistreatment
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About the author (2003)

Richard J. Bonnie was in the eighth grade in Norfolk, Virginia, when the public schools were closed to resist the Supreme Court's decision in Brown. He is Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law, Hunton & Williams Research Professor, and Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Robert B. Wallace, MD, MSc, BSM, is Professor of Epidemiology, University of Iowa, College of Public Health and a member of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine, NRC.