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Financial Maltreatment of Chinese American Elders: An Inquiry through a Cultural Lens

NCJ Number
Journal of Aging & Social Policy Volume: 34 Issue: 3 Dated: 2022 Pages: 375-390
Date Published
16 pages

This study examines financial maltreatment of Chinese American elders through a mixed method approach.


This study examined financial maltreatment from the perspectives of Chinese American elders via a mixed method approach and identified two types of financial maltreatment based on focus group discussions: financial exploitation and financial neglect. About 9.2% experienced financial exploitation and 1.5% experienced financial neglect. Both financial exploitation and neglect were related to higher vulnerability scores for abuse assessed using the H-S/EAST elder abuse screening scale. Financial maltreatment needs to be understood in legal, cultural, and family contexts, incorporating the perspectives of older adults. Prevention of financial maltreatment hinges on increased awareness and knowledge of this issue among elders, families and service professionals, and the collaborative efforts of stakeholders from ethnic communities. Three focus groups of Chinese American elders and one group of service professionals recruited from Phoenix metropolitan areas shared their insights of financial maltreatment and contributed to the refinement of questions in the followed survey that included 325 elders (Mage = 75.6, SD = 7.00). (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2022