Elder abuse in nursing homes: an ecological perspective


Author(s)Schiamberg, Lawrence B., Barboza, Gia G., Oehmke, James, Zhang, Zhenmei, Griffore, Robert J., Weatherill, Robin P., Von Heydrich, Levente, and Lori A. Post.
Title Elder abuse in nursing homes: an ecological perspective
Source Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 2011, 23:2, pp 190-211
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the authors propose a comprehensive ecological model of risk factors of elder abuse in nursing homes, building on the ecological frameworks of domestic elder abuse, human development and health promotion. The authors suggest that an ecological perspective will eliminate the perception that any one factor alone is a risk factor for abuse. The ecological perspective proposed focuses on the interaction between the older nursing home resident and the institutional caregiver. An important feature of the framework is that it is bifocal, focusing simultaneously on the older adult resident and the institutional caregiver as a dyad. Recommendations for future research at all levels are suggested, including the individual, mesosystem, exosystem and macrosystem levels.
Keywords Elder abuse; nursing homes; risk factors; ecological perspective.
Topic Elder abuse