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The prevalence of lifetime abuse among older adults in seven European countries
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging.
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1661-8556, E-ISSN 1661-8564, Vol. 61, no 8, 891-901 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives To investigate the lifetime prevalence rate of abuse among older persons and to scrutinize the associated factors (e.g. demographics).

Methods This cross-sectional population-based study had 4467 participants, aged 60–84, from seven European cities. Abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial and injuries) was measured based on The Revised Conflict Tactics Scale, and the UK survey of abuse/neglect of older people.

Results Over 34 % of participants reported experiencing lifetime psychological, 11.5 % physical, 18.5 % financial and 5 % sexual abuse and 4.3 % reported injuries. Lifetime psychological abuse was associated with country, younger age, education and alcohol consumption; physical abuse with country, age, not living in partnership; injuries with country, female sex, age, education, not living in partnership; financial abuse with country, age, not living in partnership, education, benefiting social/partner income, drinking alcohol; and sexual abuse with country, female sex and financial strain.

Conclusions High lifetime prevalence rates confirm that elder abuse is a considerable public health problem warranting further longitudinal studies. Country of residence is an independent factor associated with all types of elder abuse which highlights the importance of national interventions alongside international collaborations.

Keywords Determinant Elder abuse Financial Injuries Psychological Sexual

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2016. Vol. 61, no 8, 891-901 p.
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Determinant, Elder abuse, Financial, Injuries, Psychological, Sexual
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-27407DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0816-xISI: 000386766200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84963748729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-27407DiVA: diva2:920371
Available from: 2016-04-18 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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