How do U.S. Chinese older adults view elder mistreatment? Findings from a community-based participatory research study

Xin Qi Dong, E. Shien Chang, Esther Wong, Bernarda Wong, Melissa A. Simon

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Abstract

Objectives: This study examines the perception, knowledge, and help-seeking tendency toward elder mistreatment among Chinese older adults. Method: A community-based participatory research approach was implemented to partner with the Chicago's Chinese community. A total of 39 Chinese older adults (age 60+) participated in focus group interviews. Data analysis is based on grounded theory framework. Results: Chinese older adults mostly characterized elder mistreatment in terms of caregiver neglect and identified psychological mistreatment as the most serious form of mistreatment. Other forms included financial exploitation, physical mistreatment, and abandonment. Chinese older adults have limited knowledge of help-seeking resources other than seeking assistance from local community service centers. Discussion: This study has important practical implications for health care professionals, social service agencies, and concerned family members. Our results underscore the need for research and educational initiatives as well as community awareness programs that highlight the pervasive public health issue of elder mistreatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-312
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of aging and health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Elder mistreatment
  • Qualitative study
  • U.S. Chinese population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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