Risk factors of severity of abuse against older women in the home setting: A multinational European study

Liesbeth de Donder, Gert Lang, José Ferreira-Alves, Bridget Penhale, Ilona Tamutiene, Minna-Liisa Luoma

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This article examines the ecological risk factors of abuse against older women. Data from 2,880 older women were randomly collected in five European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, and Portugal) using a standardized questionnaire. Results indicate that overall 30.1 % older women had at least one experience of abuse in the past year. The findings demonstrate that a single emphasis on personal risk factors (e.g., health, coping) is important but too simple: Abuse is multifaceted and is embedded in environmental (e.g., loneliness, household income) as well as macrocultural contexts (e.g., old age dependency ratio).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-554
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number6
Early online date17 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Ecological model
  • elder abuse
  • mistreatment
  • risk factors

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