Elder Abuse and Neglect

  • Ana Hategan
  • James A. Bourgeois
  • Tracy Cheng
  • Julie Young


Psychiatrists can play an important role in identifying older adults who may be victims of mistreatment, abuse, and neglect and intervene on behalf of this vulnerable population. This section summarizes the types of elder mistreatment, potential consequences, and physical and behavioral indicators of elder mistreatment.


Elder abuse Elder mistreatment Caregiver neglect Older adult Elder Abuse Suspicion Index 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Hategan
    • 1
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tracy Cheng
    • 4
  • Julie Young
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBaylor Scott and White Health Central Texas DivisionDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTexas A&M University Health Science Center, College of MedicineTempleCanada
  4. 4.St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster UniversityHamiltonUSA
  5. 5.Mercy San Juan Medical CenterFarmingtonUSA

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