Abuses Against Older Women: Prevalence and Health Effects
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.
Fisher, B. S.,
Zink, T. M.,
& Regan, S. L.
(2011). Abuses Against Older Women: Prevalence and Health Effects. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26 (2), 254-268.