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Older people’s views of support services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland

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Begley, Emer, O'Brien, Marita, Carter-Anand, Janet, Killick, Campbell and Taylor, Brian J (2012) Older people’s views of support services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland. Quality in Ageing, 13 (1). pp. 48-59. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1471-7794&volume=13&issue=1&articleid=17021847&show=abstract

DOI: 10.1108/14717791211213616

Abstract

The development of elder abuse services has traditionally been defined from the perspective of policy makers and professionals. In this paper we present findings from the first all-Ireland study that consulted older people on their perceptions of interventions and services to support people experiencing abuse. The research, funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), was undertaken by a cross-disciplinary, cross-border collaborative team. Utilising a grounded theory approach 58 people aged 65 years and over took part in focus groups across Ireland. Four peer-researchers were trained to assist in recruitment, data collection, analysis and dissemination. Participants identified preventative community-based approaches and peer supports as important mechanisms to support people experiencing and at risk of elder abuse. Choice regarding care provision and housing, as well as opportunities for engagement in community activities where they can discuss issues with others, were identified as ways to prevent abuse. The policy implication of these findings for service development is that enhanced attention and resources should be directed to community activities that enable older people to share their concerns informally thereby gaining confidence to seek more formal interventions when necessary.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Elder abuse, Ireland, older people, peer-research, social work, support services.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:23918
Deposited By:Professor Brian Taylor
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 07:31
Last Modified:29 Apr 2014 09:31

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