Social Worker Perspective On Elder Abuse

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Literature Review Factors that Lead to Elder Abuse Lin & Giles (2013) article outlines a model with interactions patterns which leads to dysfunctional communication and subsequently, elder abuse in the home, along with factors that lead to elder abuse. According to Lin & Giles (2013); Anthony et al. ( 2009), the model allows people to see the ways in which abuse is provoked, maintained, and hidden, thereby, providing an avenue for community educational programs, social support and resources for caregivers of elderly patients.
Strengths: This is a powerful article that provide pattern of behaviors that discern the elements which provoked elder abuse.
Weaknesses: This model was patterned after that of child abuse, thus, there may exist other factors not considered when applying it to elder abuse, such as, self-neglect..
Value This article was very helpful in describing some of the problems with communications and opens up a series of questions.

Social Worker Perspective on Elder Abuse

Band-Winterstein, Goldblatt & Alon (2014), is a qualitative study which captured the experience of social workers with both, victims and perpetrators of elder abuse and neglect and the affect on their personal and professional lives. Emphasizing two types of vulnerability, old age—at a critical stage of life, and abuse—manifested in victimization.
Strengths: The study raised several important implications for public policy and practice changes in the area of social work

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