Elder abuse in nursing homes: An ecological perspective

Lawrence B. Schiamberg, Gia G. Barboza, James Oehmke, Zhenmei Zhang, Robert J. Griffore, Robin P. Weatherill, Levente von Heydrich, Lori A. Post

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Projected increases in the elderly population are expected to significantly increase the stress on family and professional caretakers. Stress, in the context of caregiving relationships, is a risk factor associated with increased prevalence of elder abuse in familial and institutional settings. As increasing numbers of older adults are moved from family caregiving to nursing home care settings, it becomes important to identify the pattern of elder abuse risk factors in nursing home facilities. An ecological model is proposed for better understanding the risk factors associated with elder abuse in nursing homes and the complex interaction of individual/person characteristics and contextual factors in institutional elder abuse. An ecological perspective to institutional elder abuse provides a framework for guiding and informing future research on the risk factors of nursing home abuse and, in turn, for the development of effective interventions and relevant social policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-211
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Ecological perspective
  • Elder abuse
  • Nursing homes
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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