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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1948;

Associations among Elder Abuse, Depression and PTSD in South Korean Older Adults

Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3053, Australia
Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
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Received: 8 August 2018 / Revised: 4 September 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 6 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Aging and Public Health)
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Increasing attention is being placed on the prevalence of elder abuse and its impact on mental health. This study conducted a survey of 172 elderly people in South Korea to determine the prevalence of elder abuse and the relationships involving elder abuse, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants completed a battery of self-report questionnaires, which included the Korean Geriatric Depression Screening Scale (KGDS) and Impact of Event Scale-Revised Korean version (IES-R-K). Descriptive analyses were conducted to examine the frequency of specific forms of abuse. Logistic regression models were estimated to identify the factors that contributed to risk of abuse exposure and the relationship between exposure and PTSD or depression. The results indicated around 22% of the participants reported abuse exposure, which most commonly included being refused physical contact, verbal threats, and/or being excluded from decision-making about personal issues. Low education and being unmarried, separated or divorced was associated with an increased risk of abuse exposure. There were strong associations between elder abuse and PTSD symptoms, while comparable relationships with depression were weaker and were not robust to the inclusion of control variables. The findings provided empirical support for the relationship between abuse experiences of the elderly and poor mental health and raise important issues for the mental health care of the elderly. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; elder abuse; mistreatment; older adults; PTSD; senior citizens depression; elder abuse; mistreatment; older adults; PTSD; senior citizens
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Choi, Y.-J.; O’Donnell, M.; Choi, H.-B.; Jung, H.-S.; Cowlishaw, S. Associations among Elder Abuse, Depression and PTSD in South Korean Older Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1948.

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