New report the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA): “Social Support Can Diminish Negative Effects of Elder Abuse.”
Elder abuse represents a serious and growing public safety and public health concern. Although elder abuse has been shown to have negative effects, very little is known about the possible consequences of elder abuse over time, particularly long-term outcomes. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has been critically committed to expanding knowledge regarding this issue. Through NIJ’s involvement, NAPSA has not only been able to investigate the link between elder abuse and negative outcomes, but also on tangible solutions for victims, specifically what aspects of elder adults’ lives can be changed in prevention and intervention efforts. This article describes a series of studies that have pointed to the critical role that social support may play in preventing and ameliorating the negative effects of elder abuse.