Elder Abuse and Neglect: A Relationship to Health Characteristics

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Elder abuse is a complex problem that has received increasing attention in the social science literature and the media during the past 10 years. This descriptive study addresses the relationship between the type of abuse experienced and the demographic and health characteristics of elderly, abused individuals living in the community. Demographic data from this retrospective case review identify the most common victim of abuse as an elderly, widowed woman with some degree of chronic illness. The results also indicate that dependency needs of the individuals, including such health problems as mental confusion, immobility, and need for assistance with hygiene, are most often associated with neglect, a common form of maltreatment of the elderly. The recognition of risk factors for elder abuse or neglect can assist nurse practitioners in developing appropriate interventions for this serious health problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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