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Exploration of elder mistreatment among the Japanese

TitleExploration of elder mistreatment among the Japanese
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsTomita, SK
Book TitleUnderstanding elder abuse in minority populations
Pagination119-139
PublisherBrunner/Mazel; US
CityPhiladelphia, PA
ISBN Number0-87630-919-8 (Hardcover), 0-87630-920-1 (Paperback)
Accession NumberBook: 1999-02038-008
Keywords*Domestic Violence, *Elder Abuse, *Japanese Cultural Groups, *Sociocultural Factors, Behavior Disorders & Antisocial Behavior [3230], existence of domestic violence & elder abuse & role of culture in mistreatment, elderly Japanese Americans, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), us
Abstract(from the chapter) Reports on a study that explored the existence of domestic violence and specifically elder mistreatment among Japanese Americans, and examined the role that cultural patterns may play in this problem. The study also aimed to conceptualize new theoretical explanations of mistreatment. Phase 1 of the study entailed secondary data analysis of transcriptions of 2 focus groups on elder mistreatment conducted among Japanese Americans, and of interviews of 3 Japanese American victims of elder mistreatment. Phase 2 of the study consisted of two 3-hr semistructured interviews of 22 Japanese who were willing to share their recollections and understanding of conflict and elder mistreatment in their families and communities. The comments of all 3 groups comprised the qualitative data from which categories were developed and, in turn, on which the theoretical concepts were built. Findings suggest that in the Japanese culture group survival and importance are paramount, with the individual being sacrificed on behalf of the group. The data made it clear that in a society whose conditions include group and male primacy and in which wrongdoings are not revealed, the victim of elder mistreatment, especially a female victim, any never be identified. Practice implications are also discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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