Male Victims of Elder Abuse: Their Experiences and Needs

Male Victims of Elder Abuse: Their Experiences and Needs

Male Victims of Elder Abuse: Their Experiences and Needs

Male Victims of Elder Abuse: Their Experiences and Needs

Synopsis

"Older men may, like older women, be victims of abuse - yet there has been little in either research or service provision to reflect this. Drawing on in-depth interviews with twelve older men who have experienced abuse, Jacki Pritchard presents much-needed practical guidance for care professionals, managers and policy makers working with this group. She describes the different kinds of abuse experienced by the men, which can include not only financial, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, but also physical and emotional neglect, and goes on to establish in detail the needs of older male victims of abuse and how they should be addressed. As well as having their emotional needs and their need for support over past abuse met, the men need a physical place of safety, medical care and the cultural awareness and continuous support of professional carers. This book presents clear guidelines for both the initial assessment of need and for good practice in the long term. It will enable all those working with older people to understand better the phenomenon of the abuse of older men and to apply this understanding to effective service provision." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This book is about men who have been abused in later life: they are victims of elder abuse. Some of them have also been abused in childhood or earlier in adulthood. Indeed, some may be said to have suffered a lifetime of abuse. Before discussing the life experiences and needs of these male victims, it is necessary to consider elder abuse in more general terms, recognising that this a subject which to date has been largely ignored, but is an essential context to the more specific problems associated with male victims.

Elder abuse is not a new phenomenon; it has been around for centuries, though we have often failed to refer to it in such terms. Shakespeare was writing about two male victims of elder abuse when he wrote King Lear. the abuse of older people is certainly not something new for the twenty-first century yet it is not given the high profile which its incidence deserves. One of the reasons for this is that in some societies older people are not given much respect; they may be seen as an economic burden on society because they are no longer economically productive. in societies which emphasise youthful vigour, old age will tend to have a very negative image; consequently, younger people may come to fear growing old. Becoming frail, disabled or incapacitated are typical stereotypes of older people despite the reality that being old can bring new experiences and many new rewards. Another consequence of ageism is that if people do not want to think . . .

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