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The prevalence of lifetime abuse among older adults in seven European countries
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing, Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, I.N.R.C.A, Ancona, Italy.
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1661-8556, E-ISSN 1661-8564, Vol. 61, no 8, 891-901 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the lifetime prevalence rate of abuse among older persons and to scrutinize the associated factors (e.g. demographics).

METHODS: This cross-sectional population-based study had 4467 participants, aged 60-84, from seven European cities. Abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial and injuries) was measured based on The Revised Conflict Tactics Scale, and the UK survey of abuse/neglect of older people.

RESULTS: Over 34 % of participants reported experiencing lifetime psychological, 11.5 % physical, 18.5 % financial and 5 % sexual abuse and 4.3 % reported injuries. Lifetime psychological abuse was associated with country, younger age, education and alcohol consumption; physical abuse with country, age, not living in partnership; injuries with country, female sex, age, education, not living in partnership; financial abuse with country, age, not living in partnership, education, benefiting social/partner income, drinking alcohol; and sexual abuse with country, female sex and financial strain.

CONCLUSIONS: High lifetime prevalence rates confirm that elder abuse is a considerable public health problem warranting further longitudinal studies. Country of residence is an independent factor associated with all types of elder abuse which highlights the importance of national interventions alongside international collaborations.

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2016. Vol. 61, no 8, 891-901 p.
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Determinant, Elder abuse, Financial, Injuries, Psychological, Sexual
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21454DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0816-xISI: 000386766200006PubMedID: 27083450ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84963748729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21454DiVA: diva2:925012
Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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