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Crime and Elder Abuse: An Integrated Perspective

by Brian K. Payne

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In the last two decades, social scientists from various disciplines have begun to pay more attention to the victimization of elderly persons. In view of the significant increase of our aging population, crime will no doubt become a forceful issue in the lives of older adults. Only through advanced understanding will policymakers, practitioners, and educators be prepared to limit the negative consequences associated with the victimization of older adults. Each chapter in this text begins with a case scenario describing an elderly person’s victimization experience and the consequences of that experience. Chapter 1 examines myths about crimes against older adults, integrating crime and abuse, and includes a summary and plan of presentation. Chapter 2 discusses the manner in which social scientists have gauged the victimization experiences of older adults and the way that certain disciplines have ignored these incidents. Chapter 3 considers in full detail the specific types of offenses that pertains to elderly persons that have become targets. Chapter 4 contemplates the specific consequences of offenses against elderly persons and compares those consequences to those experienced by younger victims. Chapter 5 offers insight into the way that the criminal justice system and other decision makers detect and respond to crimes against the elderly. Chapter 6 examines various explanations of crimes and contrasts those explanations with theories aimed at describing youthful offenses. Chapter 7 offers recommendations for future research, policy, and programs dealing with crimes against the elderly. The concluding remarks and review questions incorporated into each chapter provides invaluable insight in the need for a better understanding of this growing issue.

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This book will help to advance understanding among policymakers, practitioners, and educators and prepare them to limit the negative consequences associated with victimization of older adults. This second edition builds on the earlier edition in five ways. First, new research has been added into each chapter. Second, the tables and figures have been updated, with applied critical thinking questions now included in order to make the tables and figures more interactive with readers. Third, various sections have been added in different chapters. Fourth, chapters 2-7 now include box inserts which include brief overviews written by professionals who are discussing some aspect of elder abuse. Finally, chapter 7 has been added. This new edition will help shed some light on what can be done to prevent elderly persons from being victimized, or at least minimize the consequences of victimization when abuse does occur. It will be of interest to those in several different disciplines, including criminology, gerontology, social work, social welfare, sociology, psychology, victimology, medicine and other social sciences.… (more)

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