Lay persons' emotional reactions toward an abused elderly person

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This study examined lay persons' emotional reactions to abuse, with special attention to two types of disease: Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. A total of 169 adults (mean age = 60) were interviewed face-to-face using a vignette methodology. Although the majority of the participants found the vignette to describe a situation of abuse, one-quarter did not consider it an abusive situation. The person described in the vignette elicited more positive than negative emotions, with a high percentage of participants expressing sympathy, desire to help, and concern. The various emotional reactions to abuse are associated with different correlates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dependency
  • Elder abuse
  • Emotional reactions
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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