Family members' reports of abuse in Michigan nursing homes

Robert J. Griffore, Gia E. Barboza, Teresa Mastin, James Oehmke, Lawrence B. Schiamberg, Lori Ann Post

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Abstract

The objective of this article is to describe abuse and neglect of adults age 65 and older in Michigan nursing homes, as reported by members of their families. Using list-assisted random-digit dialing, data on abuse and neglect for a 12-month period were collected from individuals who had a relative age 65 or older in a Michigan nursing home. Of the nursing home residents represented in this analysis, the majority were female, Caucasian, and widowed. Neglect and caretaking mistreatment were the most frequent types of abuse reported. Comparison of these data with data from the National Ombudsman Reporting System suggests that family members constitute a sensitive source of data on abuse in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-114
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Family
  • Neglect
  • Nursing homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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