Elder Abuse pp 130-157 | Cite as


  • Gerald Bennett
  • Paul Kingston
Part of the Therapy in Practice Series book series (TPS)


During the 1980s the phenomenon of elder abuse was focused upon by researchers in the field of family violence. The ‘discovery’ of child abuse in the 1960s and domestic violence/spouse abuse in the 1970s led directly to the construction of elder abuse as a social problem [1]. This view combined with other emerging issues: the increasing numbers of elderly frail people at risk of abuse [2], the long-term effects of community care policies upon the family care of older people [3], and a greater interest in the sociology of old age [4]. This amalgamation of ideas and issues led directly to the need for research to clarify basic questions asked by sociologists [5], gerontologists [6], social policy analysts [7], psychologists [8] and geriatricians [9, 10].


Child Abuse Physical Abuse Family Violence Psychological Abuse Sensitive Topic 
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© Gerald Bennett and Paul Kingston 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Bennett
    • 1
  • Paul Kingston
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal London HospitalUK
  2. 2.North Staffordshire College of Nursing and MidwiferyUK

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