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A cultural paradox: Elder abuse in the Native American community

TitleA cultural paradox: Elder abuse in the Native American community
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSmyer, T, Clark, MC
JournalHome Health Care Management & PracticeHome Health Care Management & Practice
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1084-8223<br/>1552-6739
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-08048-007
Keywords*American Indians, *Elder Abuse, *Victimization, *Violence, Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior [3230], Cross Cultural Differences, cultural differences, elder abuse, violence, spiritual harmony, victimization, health care services, Health Care Services, Human, Spirituality
AbstractAn emerging cultural paradox in the Native American community is the long history of respect for elders and the emergence of elder abuse as a problem. Elders commonly hold a special and respected place in traditional Native American societies due largely to their experience, knowledge, wisdom, and power as dreamers, healers, and teachers. Although violence against other tribal members is considered as unnatural and a threat to internal spiritual harmony, victimization, and abuse of elders and is recognized as a clandestine but increasing problem in the Native American community. This challenges health care providers and tribal members to provide safe and culturally congruent care to the elderly as well as coming to terms with this cultural paradox. There is a growing commitment by tribes to address this problem and to provide and honor the Native American elder. This article provides information for health care providers to better understand elder abuse in the cultural context of the Native American community as well implications for care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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