Title

Abuses Against Older Women: Prevalence and Health Effects

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2011

Abstract

A clinical sample of 995 community dwelling women aged 55 and older were surveyed by telephone about their experience with psychological/emotional, control, threat, physical, and sexual abuse. Nearly half of the women experienced at least one type of abuse since turning 55. Sizable proportions were victims of repeated abuse, and many experienced co-occurring abuse. Women who experience any type of abuse were more likely to self-report negative health effects than those who were not abused. Health are and social service providers should routinely screen older women for psychological/emotional abuse at it often co-occurs with more severe forms of abuse.

DOI

10.1177/0886260510362877