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Crime and Elder Abuse

An Integrated Perspective

Crime and Elder Abuse by Brian K. Payne
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The third edition of this unique book offers a criminological foundation from which increased understanding about elder abuse will evolve. The book builds on the previous editions in several ways. New research has been added into each chapter, with more than one hundred new sources added. The tables and figures have been updated, with applied critical thinking questions included to make them more interactive with readers. Chapters 2 through 8 include updated box inserts titled “From the Field,” which include brief overviews of elder abuse aspects. A new additional chapter provides much insight into developing response systems. All chapters start with a brief scenario describing an elderly person’s victimization experiences and consequences. Chapter 1 addresses integrating crime and abuse, while Chapter 2 discusses the way that social scientists have gauged the victimization experiences of older adults and the manner in which some disciplines have ignored these incidents. Chapter 3 considers in full detail the specific types of offenses against the elderly and Chapter 4 considers the consequences of those offenses as compared to younger victims. Chapter 5 offers insight into the criminal justice system’s response to crimes against the elderly, while the following chapter considers various explanations of crimes against the elderly. The final three chapters address strategies for preventing elder abuse; specific tips for promoting a collaborative response to the abuse; and recommendations for future research, policy, and programs. Additionally, a new appendix including an exercise to understand how older individuals are often trapped in abusive relationships concludes the text. The text will be of significant interest to the fields of criminology, gerontology, psychology, medicine, sociology, and social work. This most up-to-date edition continues to provide the most definitive resource of elder abuse available.
Charles C Thomas; March 2011
373 pages; ISBN 9780398086411
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Title: Crime and Elder Abuse
Author: Brian K. Payne