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Abuses Against Older Women: Prevalence and Health Effects
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Bonnie S. Fisher
  • Therese M. Zink, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Saundra L. Regan
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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.
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Bonnie S. Fisher, Therese M. Zink and Saundra L. Regan. "Abuses Against Older Women: Prevalence and Health Effects" Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (2011) p. 254 - 268 ISSN: 0886-2605
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