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Developing a Taxonomy To Understand and Measure Outcomes of Success in Community-Based Elder Mistreatment Interventions

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $499,982)

Research tools available to help advance knowledge of effective community-based elder mistreatment (EM) interventions are limited. The field lacks an understanding of what success means in EM response program (EMRP) interventions, such as Adult Protective Services (APS) and other community programs, which work directly with victims to reduce the risk of re-victimization. Informed by the EMRP practice principle of older adult self-determination, this study will develop and verify a victim-centric taxonomy of case outcomes that indicate EMRP success. This study will draw on multiple sources, including EM victims, EMRP practitioners, and members of EM multidisciplinary (MDT) teams to inform taxonomy development/verification. Prioritizing the perspective of victims, the researchers will conduct interviews with 80 victims involved in EMRP services who vary in EM subtype, gender, and race/ethnicity. Eligible victims will be age 60+, living in the community, experience substantiated emotional, physical, sexual, financial abuse or neglect, English-speaking, and have the capacity to determine EMRP-related case outcomes on own or with supported decision-making assistance.

"Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2CFR 200.210(a)(14).

Date Created: September 30, 2017