National Academy of Medicine

Elder Abuse and the Contagion of Violence: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

By XinQi Dong
October 04, 2012 | Commentary

Elder abuse is a global public health and human rights issue. Elder abuse includes physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect (both caregiver and self-neglect), and financial exploitation. Despite the evidence suggesting that elder abuse is associated with morbidity and mortality, great paucity remains in our understanding of theories, etiologies, and intervention strategies.

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