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The Worldwide Face of Elder Abuse

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  • Takes on the unique face of elder abuse and its effects on people and populations
  • Offers overviews of the context of elder abuse advances in legislation, policy, research, and practice
  • Combines global perspectives from social work, law, ethics, gerontology, and public policy

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This book provides a picture of the abuse of older adults, organized by World Health Region and locating the problem within an area’s historic and present societal treatment of older persons. An actual and emblematic case study of the abuse of an older adult frames each chapter. Using the case study as a touchstone, each chapter guides the reader’s understanding of elder abuse in the region or country through the use of empirical data and research on the problem, explaining its usefulness and limitations as well as guiding frameworks utilized to address the problem. The book highlights the efforts of leading figures in each area or region who are addressing the problem, explaining existing policies and future initiatives to address the abuse of older adults. By providing a holistic and person-centered picture of the issue and problem of elder abuse, based on actual experiences as well as national and international statistics and research and politics and policy, this book is an invaluable resource for students, academics, social service practitioners, health professionals, law enforcement, and policymakers around the world.


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Regional Overview for the Regional Office for Africa

  2. Regional Overview for the Eastern Mediterranean

  3. Regional Overview for South-East Asia

  4. Regional Overview for the Americas

  5. Regional Overview for Europe

  6. Regional Overview for the Western Pacific

Editors and Affiliations

  • Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

    Pamela B. Teaster

  • Schools of Applied Social Sciences and Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, South Euclid, USA

    Georgia J. Anetzberger

  • Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada

    Elizabeth Podnieks

About the editors

Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D. is a professor and the director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA, USA). She is the North American Representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, vice president of the Board of Trustees (Center for Guardianship Certification), and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and the Journal of Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Review. Dr. Teaster is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and is a recipient of the Isabella Horton Grant Award for Guardianship (National College of Probate Judges), the Rosalie Wolf Award for Research on Elder Abuse (NAPSA), the Outstanding Affiliate Member Award (Kentucky Guardianship Association), and the Distinguished Educator Award (Kentucky Association for Gerontology).

Dr. Anetzberger has spent nearly fifty years addressing the problem of elder abuse, initially as an adult protective services worker and most recently as a researcher, administrator, and educator concerned with the dynamics and consequences of elder abuse situations.  She is the 2005 recipient of the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award—National Category.  In 2016 the USC Judith D. Tamkin Symposium on Elder Abuse named an award in her honor (The Georgia J. Anetzberger Award) to be given to persons chosen “based on their outstanding service to the field of elder abuse and their ability to exemplify the tenets of the award’s namesake”.   Dr. Anetzberger has participated in more than two dozen empirical studies, including pioneering inquiries into perpetrators and cultural variation. She has authored over one hundred publications on elder abuse or related interventions, including the books The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse as well as articles appearing in such journals as The Gerontologist, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Violence Against Women, Generations, and Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.  She was the Editor for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 2006-2011 and has served on the Journal’s Editorial Board prior and subsequent to that period. 

Elizabeth Podneiks, Ed.D., has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada), a Master of Environmental Science from York University, Toronto, and a Doctor of Education in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She is a professor at Ryerson University's School of Nursing in Toronto. She is the founder and chairperson of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a leading member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the catalyst for both the Canadian and Ontario networks for the prevention of elder abuse. She is the author of numerous publications dealing with caregiver stress, abuse of older adults, and gerontological nursing.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Worldwide Face of Elder Abuse

  • Editors: Pamela B. Teaster, Georgia J. Anetzberger, Elizabeth Podnieks

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-34887-7Published: 26 September 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-34890-7Due: 27 October 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-34888-4Published: 25 September 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 237

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Demography, Geriatrics/Gerontology, Social Work, Social Work

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