Elder Abuse and Neglect
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
How to Cite
Heiser, D. and Brownell, P. 2010. Elder Abuse and Neglect. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Elder abuse does not discriminate. Older adults from all walks of life, regardless of socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, race, or ethnicity, have been mistreated and abused. It is difficult to determine the prevalence of elder abuse. First, it is not a single easily measurable phenomenon. There are seven types of elder abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect, abandonment, and self-neglect. We do not know the exact prevalence of elder abuse, because it is often underreported and often unidentified. The National Center on Elder Abuse (2005) estimated that as many as 2 million elders have been mistreated.