"Elder Abuse and Neglect and Social Work Literature Session"
Elder Abuse and Neglect and Social Work Literature Session 163f - Poster Julie Grocki - University of Tennessee, Knoxville Topic(s): Elder Abuse and Neglect The burgeoning population of U.S. older citizens, known as the graying of America is a substantiated fact. Each year in the United States there are more reports of elder abuse and neglect. This poster focuses on how social work literature has addressed the issue of elder abuse and neglect. Three hundred and sixty articles addressing elder abuse from peer review journals of several disciplines published between 1995 and 2001 were analyzed. The sample was chosen from the Tennessee Electronic Library (Galegroups, 2000). Various national websites, pamphlets, books, and brochures were also searched. Results indicated that only 10 journals addressing elder abuse and neglect were specifically from the social work discipline, with nursing journals following close behind: 22. The other disciplines (that is, medical, legal, gerontological, and miscellaneous) had 48, 52, 45 and 66 articles, respectively. The remainder of the articles were published in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. The majority of articles were qualitative. The findings suggest that social work has not adequately addressed the quagmire of elder abuse and neglect in its literature. Galegroups. (2000). Tennessee Electronic Library database [Online]. Available: http://www.jcpl.net