Elder abuse in Belgium: the rol of the living environment in the prevalence of abuse among older women

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Abstract

This research examines the relation between different social components of the neighbourhood and the prevalence of elder abuse. Data (N=436) were derived from an European study on quality of life of older women. The results demonstrate that 32% of the respondents experienced elder abuse in the previous year. Emotional abuse occurred the most. Moreover, almost 5% of the older women was victim of several situations of elder abuse, each occurring at a very frequent base. Futhermore, this research underlines different significant relations between environmental components and elder abuse. Depending on each type of abuse, different components are important. In the discussion, we give attention to the prevention and treatment of elder mistreatment and highlight different paths for further research. Active anticipation on the social environment for developing intervention strategies is recommended.
Original languageDutch
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociologie
Volume33
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Elder Abuse
  • mistreatment
  • neighbourhood
  • social integration
  • elderly

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