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Social Work

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Abstract

ANANIAS, Janetta  and  STRYDOM, Herman. Factors contributing to elder abuse and neglect in the informal caregiving setting. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.2, pp. 268-284. ISSN 2312-7198.

This article provides an overview of factors contributing to elder abuse and neglect within the informal caregiving setting from the perspective of ecological theory. This theory offers a deeper understanding of the complexity of elder abuse by considering the interactions that take place across a number of interrelated systems as well as the multiple risk factors that contribute to elder abuse and neglect. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners need to develop awareness of the risk factors regarding elder abuse and neglect, and to develop appropriate interventions in response to elder abuse and neglect.

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