Older Women's Perceptions Of Elder Maltreatment And Ethical Dilemmas In Adult Protective Services: A Cross-Cultural, Exploratory Study

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Emily Dakin, Associate Professor, Departmental Honors Program Director (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In this study, older African American, Latina, and Caucasian women from varying socioeconomic backgrounds participated in eight focus groups that examined their perceptions of elder maltreatment and three ethical dilemmas within adult protective service work: mandatory reporting, involuntary protective services, and criminalization of elder maltreatment. Participants espoused a broad and inclusive view of elder maltreatment. In responding to illustrative case scenarios, participants strongly favored protection over freedom by supporting mandatory reporting and involuntary protective services. Criminalization of elder maltreatment also was supported. This article presents results of each scenario and broad themes across the study, with attention paid to areas of consistency and difference across ethnicity and socioeconomic categories.

Additional Information

Emily Dakin PhD MSSA & Sue Pearlmutter PhD MSW (2009). Older Women's Perceptions of Elder Maltreatment and Ethical Dilemmas in Adult Protective Services: A Cross-Cultural, Exploratory Study, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 21:1, 15-57, DOI: 10.1080/08946560802571896. Publisher version of record available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08946560802571896?journalCode=wean20
Language: English
Date: 2009
elder abuse, elder neglect, ethical dilemmas, elder mistreatment, public perceptions, criminalization, culture, socioeconomic status, ethnicity

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