​Intimate partner abuse among older women: qualitative systematic review

Author(s) Finfgeld-Connett, Deborah
Title Intimate partner abuse among older women: qualitative systematic review
Source Clinical Nursing Research; Dec 2014, Vol. 23, No. 6; p 664-683
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Summary In this paper the author conducts a qualitative systematic review of studies relating to intimate partner abuse (IPA) among older women. The 20 studies selected for the review covered a range of countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and the USA. It was found that many abused older women come from families where IPA is a multigenerational problem. As couples age physical and sexual violence often decrease and psychological abuse increases. Older women may associate a range of physical and psychological problems to a lifetime of IPA although these may be difficult to differentiate from the signs of aging. The author discusses the barriers older women face in getting help and many women stay in abusive situations and use their psychological stamina to cope. Recommendations are made for nurses to listen to older women talk about the abuse they experience and provide tailored information and resources to allow the abused women to institute change.
Keywords Elder abuse; IPV: intimate partner violence; domestic violence; qualitative systematic review; aging; elderly.
Topic Elder abuse