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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Development of an elder abuse awareness training and elder abuse recognition tool for Meals on Wheels volunteers
by Lewallen, Rosemary Warren, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 94; 1507697
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to: (a) develop a replicable training program on elder abuse awareness, (b) develop a practical tool for Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers and staff to facilitate their recognition of signs of elder abuse, and (c) empower MOW volunteers and staff to report suspicions of elder abuse to prevent its continuance.

In Phase One, 108 people received a half hour training including a lecture and documentary defining elder abuse, listing signs, and describing its prevalence and devastating effects. In Phase Two, 75 people attended a half hour seminar by trained professionals who reviewed information, emphasized who must report and how to report, followed by a posttest. Results showed 97.5% correct answers to knowledge-based questions and 89% who were more likely to report elder abuse than before the training. In Phase Three, volunteers were shadowed at each site and found to be observant and aware of signs of abuse or neglect.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Adult education
Publication Number: 1507697
ISBN: 978-1-267-18211-1
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