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Prevalence Estimates and Correlates of Elder Abuse in the United States: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

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Date Published
October 2016
26 pages
This article details a study that examined the prevalence and correlates of elder abuse.
This study examines the prevalence and correlates of psychological abuse and physical abuse against women and men aged 70 or older. Self-report data from 2,185 respondents in the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey were used to create weighted estimates for past-year experiences of abuse. Correlates were then examined using survey logistic regression models. More than 1 in 10 adults who are 70 years of age or older (14.0 percent) have experienced some form of abuse in the past year, with 12.1 percent experiencing psychological abuse and 1.7 percent experiencing physical abuse. One in five victims (20.8 percent) were abused by both intimate and non-intimate partners. Health care insecurity was the strongest correlate of past-year abuse. The odds of experiencing abuse were 4.53 times greater for those who experienced health care insecurity than for those who did not. This presents a significant challenge for identifying and helping victims of abuse. (Published abstract modified)

Date Published: October 1, 2016