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Article: Abuse of older Chinese with dementia by family caregivers: An inquiry into the role of caregiver burden

TitleAbuse of older Chinese with dementia by family caregivers: An inquiry into the role of caregiver burden
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Dementia
Elder Abuse
Family Caregivers
Issue Date2011
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294
Citation
International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2011, v. 26 n. 5, p. 527-535 How to Cite?
Abstract
Objective: This study examined the prevalence and risk factors for elder abuse in older Chinese with dementia by their family caregivers in Hong Kong. Methods: A sample of 122 family caregivers of older persons with dementia was conveniently recruited from local community centers for the elderly. Participants provided information on their demographic characteristics, care recipients' physical functioning and agitated behavior, caregiver burden, and whether they had directed any abusive behavior at the care recipients in the previous month. Results: Sixty-two and 18 per cent of the caregivers reported having verbally or physically abused the care recipients in the past month. Family caregivers who spent more days co-residing with the care recipients, lacked any assistance from a domestic helper, observed more agitated behaviors in the care recipients, and/or reported a higher level of caregiver stress, reported more abusive behaviors. The results of hierarchical regression analysis showed that the number of co-residing days (p<0.001), lack of any assistance from a domestic helper (p<0.05), and caregiver burden (p<0.01) were significant predictors of verbal abuse. Care recipient agitated behavior (p<0.01) also predicted verbal abuse, with its effect mediated by caregiver burden. For physical abuse, the number of co-residing days (p<0.01) was the only significant predictor. Conclusions: Verbal and physical abuse were highly prevalent among this population of older Chinese with dementia. A higher level of caregiver stress is related to a higher level of verbal, but not physical abuse inflicted by the caregivers of these older persons with dementia. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172250
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong
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dc.contributor.authorYan, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorKwok, Ten_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:20:57Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:20:57Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2011, v. 26 n. 5, p. 527-535en_US
dc.identifier.issn0885-6230en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172250-
dc.description.abstractObjective: This study examined the prevalence and risk factors for elder abuse in older Chinese with dementia by their family caregivers in Hong Kong. Methods: A sample of 122 family caregivers of older persons with dementia was conveniently recruited from local community centers for the elderly. Participants provided information on their demographic characteristics, care recipients' physical functioning and agitated behavior, caregiver burden, and whether they had directed any abusive behavior at the care recipients in the previous month. Results: Sixty-two and 18 per cent of the caregivers reported having verbally or physically abused the care recipients in the past month. Family caregivers who spent more days co-residing with the care recipients, lacked any assistance from a domestic helper, observed more agitated behaviors in the care recipients, and/or reported a higher level of caregiver stress, reported more abusive behaviors. The results of hierarchical regression analysis showed that the number of co-residing days (p<0.001), lack of any assistance from a domestic helper (p<0.05), and caregiver burden (p<0.01) were significant predictors of verbal abuse. Care recipient agitated behavior (p<0.01) also predicted verbal abuse, with its effect mediated by caregiver burden. For physical abuse, the number of co-residing days (p<0.01) was the only significant predictor. Conclusions: Verbal and physical abuse were highly prevalent among this population of older Chinese with dementia. A higher level of caregiver stress is related to a higher level of verbal, but not physical abuse inflicted by the caregivers of these older persons with dementia. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294en_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatryen_US
dc.subjectChineseen_US
dc.subjectDementiaen_US
dc.subjectElder Abuseen_US
dc.subjectFamily Caregiversen_US
dc.titleAbuse of older Chinese with dementia by family caregivers: An inquiry into the role of caregiver burdenen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYan, E: elsieyan@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1002/gps.2561en_US
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