Elder abuse and neglect in Latino families: An ecological and culturally relevant theoretical framework for clinical practice

José Rubén Parra Cardona*, Emily Meyer, Lawrence Schiamberg, Lori Post

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is a scarcity of theoretical frameworks capable of describing precursors and dynamics associated with elder abuse and neglect in Latino families. The present manuscript seeks to address this gap in the literature by presenting an integrative theoretical framework that fosters an ecological and cultural understanding of elder abuse and neglect among Latinos. The proposed model rests on the premise that Latino families caring for elder adults have the ability to adapt to the demands of aging only if they are supported by nurturing environments. The usefulness of the model is threefold. First, the proposed model describes elder abuse and neglect as multifactorial phenomena and identifies specific risk factors associated with the etiology and maintenance of elder abuse and neglect in Latino families. Second, the model provides clinical applications, including reflections about the therapists' need to extend their scope of practice beyond traditional family therapy interventions. A brief case study is presented that illustrates the clinical application of the model with a Latino family. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-470
Number of pages20
JournalFamily process
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Ecological framework
  • Elder abuse
  • Elder neglect
  • Latino culture
  • Latinos/Latinas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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