Neglect of older adults in michigan nursing homes

Zhenmei Zhang*, Lawrence B. Schiamberg, James Oehmke, Gia E. Barboza, Robert J. Griffore, Lori A. Post, Robin P. Weatherill, Teresa Mastin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although research on domestic elder abuse and neglect has grown over the past 20 years, there is limited research on elder neglect in nursing homes. The purpose of this study is to estimate the incidence of elder neglect in nursing homes and identify the individual and contextual risks associated with elder neglect. Data came from a 2005 random digit dial survey of individuals in Michigan who had relatives in long term care. Our analytic sample included 414 family members who had a relative aged 65 or older in nursing homes. Results showed that about 21% of nursing home residents were neglected on one or more occasion in the last 12 months. Two nursing home residents' characteristics reported by family members appear to significantly increase the odds of neglect: functional impairments in activities of daily living and previous resident-to-resident victimization. Behavior problems also are associated with higher odds of neglect (p = 0.078). Policy implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-74
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • ADL limitations
  • Elder neglect
  • Mistreatment
  • Nursing homes
  • Resident-to-resident abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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