A systematic review of prevalence and risk factors for elder abuse in Asia

Author(s) Yan, Elsie, Ko-Ling Chan and Agnes Tiwari
Title A systematic review of prevalence and risk factors for elder abuse in Asia
Source Trauma, Violence and Abuse, April 2015, Vol. 16  No. 2, pp. 199-219,
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage Asia
Summary The article discusses the important of understanding the prevalence of and risk factors for elder abuse in Asia as it is expected that due to the rise of an aging population within Asian countries, the number of domestic violence instances towards the elderly will also increase. The article looks at existing literature to discuss the unique features within eight different Asian cultures in order to understand their concept of family violence and what is considered as elder abuse and by whom. The article further discusses the risk factors including the varying characteristics of both victims and abusers and how they correlate with the cultures' understanding of elder abuse. The researchers conclude with key findings from their study, including the need for routine screening for elder abuse and outreach programs that actively seek out the elderly at risk. Suggestions are made for future research such as longitudinal studies and larger studies using representative samples.
Keywords Elder abuse; domestic violence and cultural context; domestic violence; predicting domestic violence; risk factors
Topic Elder abuse