Abuse of the elderly can take many forms, and the most insidious is emotional abuse. The purpose of the present study was to determine some of the behavior variables affecting emotional abuse among the elderly. It examined the variables based on the perceptions of the elderly subjected
to emotional abuse. Results suggested nine most frequently stated behavior variables of emotional abuse among the elderly: lack of attention, lack of affection, neglect, derogatory naming, demeaning commentary, exploitation, threats of violence, loud talking, and confinement.