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Elder abuse and neglect in African American families: Informing practice based on ecological and cultural frameworks

TitleElder abuse and neglect in African American families: Informing practice based on ecological and cultural frameworks
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
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0894-6566<br/>1540-4129
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-01564-005
Keywords*Blacks, *Ecological Factors, *Elder Abuse, *Family, *Sociocultural Factors, Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior [3230], elder abuse, elder neglect, African American families, ecological factors, sociocultural factors, Human, us
Abstract[Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 23(2) of Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect (see record 2011-07060-006). In the original article, an author's name appeared in the incorrect order. The correction is given in the erratum.] Despite 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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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