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What role do researchers play in elder abuse prevention?

Researchers can provide vital information and insight into abuse and the effectiveness of services and interventions. They can:

  • Identify risk factors, causes, and indicators of abuse
  • Evaluate programs, services, and interventions
  • Provide expert testimony in legal proceedings and legislative hearings

How can researchers get involved in elder abuse prevention?

  • Work with service providers to identify critical informational needs that will guide their practice. The National Center on Elder Abuse, in collaboration with NCPEA and the National Association of Adult Protective Service Administrators (NAAPSA), compiled a "research agenda" (click here to view) of topics that hold promise for advancing the field of abuse prevention. It includes the following categories:
    • The nature and scope of elder abuse
    • Causes and consequences
    • Investigation and assessment
    • Self-neglect
    • Interventions
    • Cultural issues
    • Effectiveness/outcomes
    • Criminal justice/law enforcement
    • Program management
    • Financial implications
    • Policy
  • Evaluate promising practices and approaches to service delivery
  • Collaborate with experts from related disciplines (e.g. domestic violence) to build upon each other's work and assess its applicability to the elderly.

What resources are available to help?

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse's (NCPEA) Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive source of information on research and practice in the field of elder abuse prevention. It targets practitioners, researchers, educators, administrators, and policy makers, and is available free of charge to NCPEA members. For more information, click here.

Carp, F.M. (1999). Elder abuse in the family: An interdisciplinary model for research. New York: Springer

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