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Future Directions: Translational Research in Elder Abuse

  • Susan K. Roepke-BuehlerEmail author
  • XinQi Dong


Despite the staggering prevalence and wide-spread impact of elder abuse and neglect, there is a relative scarcity of research in the area. What is particularly needed is translational research to bridge the gaps between basic “bench” research, clinical research and practice, and population-based research. The purpose of this chapter is to (1) describe translational research, including its history, definition, and conceptual framework, (2) briefly review translational work that has been done in the field of elder abuse and neglect, (3) draw from translational research in related fields (particularly child mistreatment, intimate partner violence, and stress biology) and discuss how these lessons can be applied to elder abuse translational research, and (4) provide recommendations and future directions to build the translational research literature in elder abuse with the ultimate goal of improving elder abuse practices and policies and older adult public health.


Elder abuse Elder neglect Elder mistreatment Translational research 


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  1. 1.Behavioral Sciences and MedicineRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Rush Institute for Healthy AgingRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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