Policy implications of recognizing that caregiver stress is not the primary cause of elder abuse

 

Author(s)Brandt, Bonnie and Jane A. Raymond
Title Policy implications of recognizing that caregiver stress is not the primary cause of elder abuse
Source Generations - Journal of the American Society on Aging,Fall 2012, Volume 36, No. 3, pp32-39
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this article the authors discuss the early elder abuse research that suggested that caregiver stress was the primary cause of elder abuse. A literature review shows that further research has shown that the power relationship may be more important as a cause of abuse, where the offender will use various methods of power and control over an elderly victim of abuse. The authors discuss the unintended consequences that can be made in policy and service provision when an inaccurate assumption is made that caregiver stress is the primary cause of elder abuse. These include blaming the victim for being too 'demanding', minimisation of offender accountability and devaluing social action that responds to the problem of elder abuse. The authors recommend that commonly held societal values must be challenged through prevention, education and social action in order to end elder abuse.
Keywords Elder abuse; caregiver; causes; remedies.
Topic Elder abuse