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Comparative studies of cases by type of elder abuse disclosed distinct profiles of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Physical and psychological abuse were more closely associated with the problems of perpetrators than the victim. Victim-perpetrator dependency, perpetration psychopathology, and care giver stress, emerge from the comparative studies as major risk factors for elder mistreatment with substance abuse and social isolation as serious contributing elements. Elder abuse challenges belief in the sanctity of the home and the inherent goodness of man. Also, it raises basic ethical and legal dilemmas regarding the elder's right to self determination and society's desire to intervene. To arrive at a better understanding of this difficult problem, the experience of all countries will be needed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1995-01-01

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