Elder abuse and neglect in an Urban Chinese population

Xinqi Dong, Melissa A. Simon, Martin Gorbien

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This study aims to investigate the prevalence of elder abuse and neglect in an urban Chinese population. A cross-sectional study was performed in a major urban medical center in NanJing, China. A total of 412 participants completed the survey and 145 (35%) participants screened positive for elder abuse and neglect. The mean age of the victims was 69 years and 59%weremale. Caregiver neglectwas the most common form of abuse, followed by financial exploitation, psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and abandonment. Thirty-six percent of the victims suffered multiple forms of abuse and neglect. In the logistical regression analyses of the data, female gender, lower education and lower income were demographic risk factors associated with elder abuse and neglect. A better understanding of these and additional risk factors associated with elder abuse and neglect in older Chinese people is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-96
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 10 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


  • Caregiver
  • China
  • Elder abuse
  • Neglect
  • Urban older populations


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