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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Online from: 2000

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Older people's views of support services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland

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Title:Older people's views of support services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland
Author(s):Emer Begley, (Social Inclusion Officer, Age Action, Dublin, Ireland), Marita O'Brien, (Independent Researcher, Age Action, Dublin, Ireland), Janet Carter Anand, (Lecturer in Social Work at Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK), Campbell Killick, (Research Officer at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, UK), Brian Taylor, (Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Ulster, Belfast, UK)
Citation:Emer Begley, Marita O'Brien, Janet Carter Anand, Campbell Killick, Brian Taylor, (2012) "Older people's views of support services in response to elder abuse in communities across Ireland", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 13 Iss: 1, pp.48 - 59
Keywords:Elder abuse, Elder care, Older people, Peer-research, Support services
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14717791211213616 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – This paper seeks to present findings from the first all-Ireland study that consulted older people on their perceptions of interventions and services to support people experiencing abuse.

Design/methodology/approach – Utilising a grounded theory approach, 58 people aged 65 years and over took part in focus groups across Ireland. Four peer-researchers were also trained to assist in recruitment, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

Findings – Participants identified preventative community-based approaches and peer supports as important mechanisms to support people experiencing, and being at risk of, elder abuse. Choices regarding care provision and housing, as well as opportunities for engagement in community activities where they can discuss issues with others, were identified as ways to prevent abuse.

Originality/value – The development of elder abuse services has traditionally been defined from the perspective of policy makers and professionals. This study looked at the perspective of the end-users of such services for the first time. The research also gave an active role to older people in the research process. The policy implication of the findings from this research is that enhanced attention and resources should be directed to community activities that enable older people to share their concerns informally thereby gaining confidence to seek more formal interventions when necessary.

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