This paper examines the issue of elder abuse from a Canadian and Australian perspective.
A research project was undertaken in Canada and Australia to identify registered nurses'knowledge about the types of abuse, skill at recognition and comfort counselling and intervening in cases of elder abuse.
Although a phenomenon that has probably been in existence for many years, it is only during the last decade that elder abuse has come into prominence as an important aspect of family violence.
A recent Canadian report records that elder abuse today is at the same level of publicity as wife abuse 10 years ago (Canadian Nurses Association, 1993).
It is estimated that as many as 4% of the elderly population in each country are exposed to elder abuse (Podneiks and Pillemer, 1990, National Survey on Abuse of the Elderly in Canada, Ryerson Polytechnic Inst., Toronto ; Kurrle et al., 1992, Modern Med.
Austral., September, pp. 58-71).
This takes the form of physical, emotional as well as financial abuse.
Each country has an increasingly ageing population.
By the year 2000 the percentage of the population over the age of 65 is predicted to be 13.6% in Canada and 11.7% in Australia (Gnaedinger, 1989, National Forum on Family Violence ; Rowland, 1991, Ageing in Australia, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne).
Nurses in both community practice and health care facilities have a responsibility to this elderly population to identify those being abused and those at greatest risk. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Violence, Vieillard, Homme, Vol criminel, Victimologie, Connaissance, Pratique professionnelle, Infirmier, Etude comparative, Australie, Océanie, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Soin, Relation soignant soigné, Personnel sanitaire, Maltraitance psychologique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Violence, Elderly, Human, Criminal theft, Victimology, Knowledge, Professional practice, Nurse, Comparative study, Australia, Oceania, Canada, North America, America, Care, Health staff patient relation, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0078826
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 21/05/1997.