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.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Elder Abuse Severity created by David Burnes, PhD, Karl Pillemer, PhD, and Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH in 2016.
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David Burnes, PhD
Dr. Burns is the Associate Dean, Academic and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His program of research centers around the issue of elder abuse (abuse, neglect, financial exploitation) – a pervasive issue with major consequences to older adults and society and has published many research papers on the topic of elder abuse in peer reviewed journals.
Karl Pillemer, PhD
Dr. Karl Pillemer is the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology. His major interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. Dr. Pillemer's work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH
Dr. Lachs is the Irene and Roy Psaty Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Co-Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and the Director of Geriatrics for The New York Presbyterian Health Care System. His major area of interest is the disenfranchised elderly, and he has published widely in the areas of elder abuse and neglect, adult protective services, the measurement of functional status, ethics and the financing of health care.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Clinicians, social workers, elder services managers, discharge planners, case managers, researchers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Acknowledge the isses surrounding elder mistreatment, elder protection, and overall lack of research on this subject.
Extraoplate the risk factors, home dynamics, and demographics that place elders at greater risk.
Apply interventions to prevent elder mistreatment and protect at risk elders.
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