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Trauma and the Substance-Abusing Older Adult: Innovative Questions for Accurate Assessment

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In the last decade, scholarly research has dramatically increased its focus on the impact of trauma events and substance abuse. Despite the vast knowledge of the effects on health and social functioning, how substance abuse and trauma are defined and assessed with older adults in the literature remains minimally addressed and quite controversial. Alcohol, illicit drug, and prescription medication addiction is a hidden epidemic in aging. Additionally, untreated childhood trauma can create serious mental and physical complications later in life. Aging baby boomers will represent one third of the population in the United States by 2030. This article addresses the integration of content related to aging, trauma, and addiction in professional training, assessment and scale development, and prevention research.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Social Work, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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