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Title: Screening for Vulnerability to Abuse Among Older Women: Women's Health Australia Study
Contributor(s): Schofield, Margot Jocelyn  (author); Reynolds, R (author); Mishra, GD (author); Powers, JR (author); Dobson, AJ (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1177/0733464802021001002
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Abstract: The validity of a brief self-report screening measure for elder abuse was examined on a nationally representative sample of more than 12,000 older women in the baseline survey of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The screening instrument was a modification of the Hwalek-Sengstock Elder Abuse Screening Test. Construct validity was examined using factor analysis and correlation with a wide range of socio demographic, psychological, and health related variables. Four factors, each of three items, were identified representing the following domains: Vulnerability, Dependence, Dejection, and Coercion. The Vulnerability and Coercion factors had the highest face validity for abuse and demonstrated moderate to good construct validity. The six items comprising these factors may provide a simple screening tool for elder abuse. The identified correlates of abuse indicators have the potential to enhance policy development, screening, intervention, and carer support programs.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Applied Gerontology, 21(1), p. 24-39
Publisher: Sage Publications
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1552-4523
Field of Research (FOR): 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920507 Womens Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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