Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Therapeutic needs of older adult survivors of elder abuse: Perspectives of clinicians
by Adkins, Catherine E., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 75; 1584931
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore, from the perspectives of clinicians, the therapeutic techniques they have found to be effective in helping older adults recover from elder abuse. The researcher developed the interview guide. A total of 12 clinicians, who had experience working with survivors of elder abuse in a therapeutic setting, were interviewed.

The results indicated that clinicians saw similar symptoms, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and fear. Methods for addressing those symptoms included cognitive-based therapy, active listening, life reviews, and making referrals. Therapeutic involvement with the family was low, but when used included education and active listening. Lastly, there was a high demand from clinicians for prevention efforts and education regarding elder abuse.

More research is needed on effective interventions for helping older adults recover from elder abuse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn, Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work
Keywords: Elder abuse, Elder exploitation, Elder maltreatment, Older adults, Therapy
Publication Number: 1584931
ISBN: 978-1-321-60337-8
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