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Elder abuse and neglect in African American families: informing practice based on ecological and cultural frameworks [corrected] [published erratum appears in J ELDER ABUSE NEGL 2011 Apr-Jun;23(2):212]

TitleElder abuse and neglect in African American families: informing practice based on ecological and cultural frameworks [corrected] [published erratum appears in J ELDER ABUSE NEGL 2011 Apr-Jun;23(2):212]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHorsford, SR, Parra-Cardona, JRubén, Post, LA, Schiamberg, L
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse & NeglectJournal of Elder Abuse & Neglect
Volume23
Pagination75-88
ISBN Number0894-6566
KeywordsBlacks, Caregiver Burden, Community Role, Conceptual Framework, Cultural Sensitivity, Dependency (Psychology), Elder Abuse -- Risk Factors, Family Relations, Family Role, Hardiness, Intergenerational Relations, Mental Disorders, Poverty, Racism -- Psychosocial Factors, Social Isolation, Spirituality, Systems Theory, Violence -- History
AbstractDespite the rapid growth of the elderly African American population in the U.S., elder abuse and neglect in African American families continue to be underdeveloped areas of study. This article presents an ecological and culturally informed framework for the study of elder abuse in African American populations. The model was developed based on Bronfenbrenner's Human Ecological Theory. The model identifies risk factors associated with different systems that have an influence on the lives of African American families. Cultural protective factors also are identified in the model. The model is intended to provide an understanding of elder abuse and neglect in African American families by considering the influence of contextual factors such as the legacy of slavery, social exclusion, and structural segregation and racism. Specific suggestions for practice are proposed according to cultural strengths of African American communities as well as the ecological premises of the model.
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