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Elder Abuse

Definition, Prevalence, Theoretical Explanations And Risk Factors, Consequences Of Mistreatment, Intervention Strategies, Conclusion

Although conflict in families has been a consistent theme in world literature since ancient times, elder abuse did not surface as a social problem until the mid-1970s, first identified in British literature, followed soon after in the United States and Canada. During the next decade several European countries and Australia began publishing reports on elder mistreatment. By the 1990s elder abuse research and programs, although still limited, were underway in many developed nations and emerging in developing countries as well.

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