Elder mistreatment across diverse cultures

Mengting Li, Ruijia Chen, Xin Qi Dong

Publication Date: 03/01/2020

Elder mistreatment, a pervasive public health issue, is of growing concern. Interpersonal relationships are culturally constructed, and attempts to understand elder mistreatment in different racial or ethnic groups should take into account cultural context. Culture affects how racial and ethnic groups perceive elder mistreatment and help-seeking behaviors, and how professionals and authorities could best engage populations, assess situations, and intervene to prevent mistreatment. Awareness and respect for cultural diversity must be integrated into research, practice, and policy related to elder mistreatment.