Elder Abuse and Mistreatment

Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Introduction Elder abuse and mistreatment is a many-sided social problem in the modern society, as it touches such spheres as health care, social services rendering, socio-economic protection and observance of human rights. The elderly are the most vulnerable social group due to their age, low capacity for work and competitiveness on the labor market or serious illnesses. During the previous century level of their social protection has been increasing owing to approval of international social standards and signing of international conventions. Social workers should not only prevent development of these phenomena, but consider them from scientific point of view. Efficient counter-measures should be taken to identify reasons and sources of the abuse of this social group. A developed hypothesis relates to interrelationship of level of social and law knowledge of the elderly and prevention of abuse/mistreatment. This problem has been previously examined by Aurora Salamone, Marion Brickner, Luciana Oginionin and others. For example, Silvernet Study focused upon the elderly mistreatment in the home care programs and their fallacious behavioral patterns. Nikki DiFranks discovered the issue under dissection through the prism of Code of Ethics and social workers’ competency. In contrast with other investigations the present study aims to identify interdependence between social workers’ competency and abuse and mistreatment of the elderly. Literature Overview Code of Ethics (NASW) is a basic source of regulation for social workers, involving in the programs and investigations for the elderly. At the same time, they should rely on their education, life and ... ... middle of paper ... ... Collaborative Approach. Care Management Journals, 8 (4), 219 - 225. 2. Difranks, N. N. (2008). Social Workers and the NASW Code of Ethics: Belief, Behavior, Disjuncture. Social Work, 53 (2), 167 - 180. 3. Gambrill, E. (2007). Views of Evidence-Based Practice: Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and Accreditation Standards as Guides for Choice. Journal of Social Work Education, 43 (3), 447 - 455. 4. Hardina, D. (2004). Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Community Organization. Contributors: - author. Social Work, 49 (4), 595 - 602. 5. Ogioni, L., Liperoti, R. (2007). Cross-sectional Association between Behavioral Symptoms and Potential Elder Abuse among Subjects in Home Care in Italy: Results from the Silvernet Study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15 (1), 70 – 78. 6. Oktay, J. S., Tompkins, C. J. (2004). Personal Assistance Providers’ Mistreatment
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