Journal of Family Violence

, 23:707 | Cite as

Caregiver Stress and Elder Abuse among Korean Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Disabilities

  • Minhong LeeEmail author
Original Article


This study aims to identify risk factors and mediating factors of elder abuse among older adults with disabilities being cared for by their family caregivers. The data were based on a sample of 1,000 primary family caregivers from the Comprehensive Study for the Elderly Welfare Policy in Seoul (2003). Hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to identify significant indicators for the degree of elder abuse, such as cognitive impairment, functional ability (ADL), caregiving involvement, economic strain, caregiver burden, and social support for the degree of elder abuse. In the full model, ADLs, cognitive problems, economic strain, caregiver burden, informal social support, and formal social support were significantly associated with elder abuse. The findings suggest that psychosocial support services and programs for family caregivers are needed to prevent and reduce the prevalence of elder abuse in South Korea.


Elder abuse Caregiver burden Family caregivers Formal social support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WelfareDong-Eui UniversityBusanSouth Korea

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