ERIC Number: ED226100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Uses of Research Sponsored by the Administration on Aging (AoA). Case Study No. 5. Maltreatment and Abuse of the Elderly.
Cronin, Roberta; Allen, Brad
This case study, one in a series of research efforts designed to investigate the utilization of the Administration on Aging's research, examines two elder abuse projects whose research was widely disseminated and used. The two studies are first described--one conducted at the University of Maryland's Center on Aging with another at the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology. (Both used literature reviews, surveys, and analysis of existing case records to arrive at tentative conclusions about the dimensions of the elder abuse problem.) Section 2 describes the ways in which the new information produced by the studies has been used by federal policymakers, state planners and policymakers, service providers, and the media. Section 3 examines the importance of four propositions about the conditions for research utilization in the case of the elder abuse projects: (1) extensive networking, (2) vigorous dissemination, (3) existence of a large audience of policymakers and practitioners with interest in the topic and a desire to do something about it, and (4) confirmation of study findings by other researchers. In the final section implications for future utilization strategies are suggested. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC. Gerontological Research Inst.