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Mistreatment and Self-Reported Emotional Symptoms: Results From the National Elder Mistreatment Study

NCJ Number
241042
Author(s)
Ron Acierno,, Ananda B. Amstadter,, Angela M. Begle,, Josh M. Cisler,
Date Published
July 2012
Length
15 pages
Annotation
This study investigated whether a recent history of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse is associated with self-reported emotional symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) among a representative sample of older adults.
Abstract
Many community-residing older adults in the United States report past year mistreatment; however, little is known about mental health correlates of abuse. This study investigated whether a recent history of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse is associated with self-reported emotional symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) among a representative sample of older adults. Results demonstrated that each abuse type increased likelihood of reporting emotional symptoms; when other known correlates were controlled, only emotional abuse remained a significant predictor. Additional study of mistreatment-related correlates of depression and anxiety is needed, with a focus on the often overlooked category of emotional mistreatment. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Date Published: July 1, 2012