Elder Abuse Severity

A Critical but Understudied Dimension of Victimization for Clinicians and Researchers

About the Course:

This study describes the variation in severity of elder emotional abuse, physical abuse, and neglect and identify risk factors associated with more severe forms of elder mistreatment (EM). This is a population-based study using random digit-dial sampling and telephone interviews with a representative sample (n = 4,156) of community-dwelling, cognitively intact older adults in New York State. The Conflict Tactics Scale and DUKE Older Americans Resources and Services scales were adapted to assess EM subtypes. For each EM subtype, severity was operationalized by summing the number of different mistreatment behaviors and the frequency of each behavior.

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David Burnes, PhD

University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Toronto, Ontario

Karl Pillemer, PhD

Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York

Recommended For:

Clinicians, social workers, elder services managers, discharge planners, case managers, researchers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the isses surrounding elder mistreatment, elder protection, and overall lack of research on this subject.

  2. Extraoplate the risk factors, home dynamics, and demographics that place elders at greater risk.

  3. Apply interventions to prevent elder mistreatment and protect at risk elders.

Elder Abuse Severity: A Critical but Understudied Dimension of Victimization for Clinicians and Researchers

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Course Number: 102402
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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