Elder Abuse pp 93-107 | Cite as

Risk Factors of Elder Abuse

  • Ruijia ChenEmail author
  • XinQi Dong


Elder abuse is a growing and emergent global public health concern. A better understanding of risk factors of elder abuse could help us develop effective screening methods to identify individuals who are at risk of elder abuse, allocate resources and services to those who are in need of help, and develop preventions and interventions to address the issue. This chapter providesa review of  theories for explaining risk factors of elder abuse, describes victim and perpetrator risk factors contributing to elder abuse, and provides implications for future research on risk factors of elder abuse. In particular, to offer a more comprehensive review on risk factors of the issues, this chapter discusses victim and perpetrator risk factors separately.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Rush Institute for Healthy AgingRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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