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Intimate Partner Victimization Among Adults Aged 60 and Older: An Analysis of the 1999 and 2004 General Social Survey

NCJ Number
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect Volume: 24 Issue: 2 Dated: April - June 2012 Pages: 120-137
Christopher Poole M.A.; John Rietchlin Ph.D.
Date Published
April 2012
18 pages
This study examined spousal/partner victimization among adults aged 60 and over.
Accounts in both the scientific literature and popular media have brought about increased recognition of the reality of elder abuse. However, relatively little work has examined intimate partner victimization with respect to older adults. In this study, weighted data from cycles 13 (1999) and 18 (2004) of the General Social Survey are pooled to examine how factors uniquely influence the prevalence and risk of emotional, financial, and physical abuse among adults aged 60 and over. Considerations regarding elder abuse committed by spouses, versus abuse of older adults more broadly (by their children and other adults), are also discussed. (Published Abstract)