Understanding 'Elder Abuse and Neglect': A Critique of Assumptions Underpinning Responses to the Mistreatment and Neglect of Older People

24 Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 88, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013

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Joan Harbison

Dalhousie University

Steve Coughlan

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Marie Beaulieu

Université de Sherbrooke

Jeff Karabanow

Dalhousie University

Madine Vanderplaat

Saint Mary's University, Canada

Sheila M. Wildeman

Schulich School of Law

Ezra Wexler

Dalhousie University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the ways in which the mistreatment and neglect of older people have come to be understood as a social problem, one which is underpinned by a variety of substantive and theoretical assumptions. It connects the process of conceptualizing elder abuse and neglect to political-economic and social evolution. The authors draw on a review of the literature, government sources, interest group websites, and their own research to provide a critical commentary illustrating how these understandings have become manifest in legislation, policies, and programs pertaining to "elder abuse and neglect" in Canada. Suggestions are provided for changes in direction for policies, programs, and research.

Keywords: assumptions, elder abuse and neglect

Suggested Citation

Harbison, Joan and Coughlan, Steve and Beaulieu, Marie and Karabanow, Jeff and Vanderplaat, Madine and Wildeman, Sheila M. and Wexler, Ezra, Understanding 'Elder Abuse and Neglect': A Critique of Assumptions Underpinning Responses to the Mistreatment and Neglect of Older People (2012). 24 Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 88, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2283286

Joan Harbison (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University ( email )

6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

Steve Coughlan

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
6061 University Ave
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

Marie Beaulieu

Université de Sherbrooke ( email )

2500 bd de l'Universite
Sherbrooke, Québec J1K 2R1
Canada

Jeff Karabanow

Dalhousie University ( email )

6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

Madine Vanderplaat

Saint Mary's University, Canada ( email )

923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Canada

Sheila M. Wildeman

Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Canada

Ezra Wexler

Dalhousie University ( email )

6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

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