ERIC Number: ED217367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Elder Abuse and Black Americans: Incidence, Correlates, Treatment and Prevention.
Cazenave, Noel A.
Existing evidence on family violence rates by age and race as well as the available data on race and physical elder abuse incidence rates suggests that because such data are not based on random or representative samples and tend to reflect a "sampling artifact" of the particular client populations served by the professionals surveyed, there are no reliable data on the extent or nature of elder abuse among black Americans. An exploration of demographic data and the extant literature on black aging and black families for propositional correlates may provide heuristic insights into research, treatment, and social policy issues needing further exploration. A systems model is a vehicle for conceptualizing the simultaneous operation of societal level, family-kin-community, individual characteristics, and precipitating factors thought to be associated with the occurrence of elder abuse. Although there are both "high risk" and countervailing factors theoretically associated with the occurrence of elder abuse among black Americans, the overall evidence suggests that low-income blacks should constitute a "high risk" group for its occurrence. Social policy must formulate suggestions both for the amelioration and elimination of elder abuse among black Americans. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elder Abuse
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Milwaukee, WI, October 13-17, 1981).