Elder Abuse

  • David O. Staats
  • Diana Koin


In the 1960s, the syndrome of child abuse was introduced to the medical community.1 In the 1970s, battered women banded together to counter spouse abuse, and victims of rape and incest also joined forces. Then, in the late 1970s, doctors, social workers, psychologists, sociologists, and lawyers recognized that elderly clients were being maltreated by caregivers. Systematic observations of maltreated elderly persons have partially codified the syndrome of elder abuse and currently are giving rise to improved diagnosis, prevention, and intervention.


Nursing Home Elderly Person Adult Child Nursing Home Resident Social Service Agency 
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  • David O. Staats
  • Diana Koin

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