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Elder Abuse

  • Karl Pillemer
  • J. Jill Suitor

Abstract

Although difficulties exist in the study of all forms of family violence, it may be that nowhere have so many obstacles to understanding been encountered as with the abuse of the elderly. The problem of battered elders came to the public’s attention almost a decade ago, and the ensuing years have seen the development of intervention programs at the state and local level, and the expression of major concern at the federal level (Salend, Kane, & Satz, 1984). Reports on elder abuse have appeared in such mass media publications as Newsweek and Parade Magazine, and the problem has been addressed on national television. However, in spite of such wide interest in domestic mistreatment of the elderly, we know surprisingly little about this phenomenon.

Keywords

Domestic Violence Physical Abuse Adult Child Family Violence Marital Satisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Pillemer
    • 1
  • J. Jill Suitor
    • 1
  1. 1.Family Research LaboratoryUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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