ERIC Number: ED378850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Elder Abuse and Neglect Content in Higher Education Programs on Aging.
Stein, Karen F.
This study sought to: (1) investigate the degree to which course content on elder abuse and neglect is a part of higher education curriculums in aging; (2) determine which specific elder abuse and neglect course content is included in required and elective coursework; and (3) describe the attitudes of instructors toward including elder abuse and neglect course content in the overall curriculum. Completed questionnaires were received from 211 contact persons representing gerontology instructional programs that are members of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The responses indicated that about 30 percent of all undergraduate courses and 40 percent of graduate courses offered included content on aging. Of those courses, only a small percentage included course content on elder abuse and neglect. The results indicate, however, that many programs provide students with the opportunity to attend classes in other instructional areas that cover elder abuse and neglect topics, although few require students to attend such classes. The majority of respondents felt that other problems facing the elderly, such as the unavailability of affordable long-term care, deteriorating physical and mental health, and poverty, were more serious than elder abuse and neglect. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Research, Educational Gerontology, Elder Abuse, Gerontology, Higher Education, National Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE), College of Human Resources, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Aging Resource Center on Elder Abuse, Washington, DC.