Study of elder abuse within diverse cultures

Jordan I. Kosberg, Ariela Lowenstein, Juanita L. Garcia, Simon Biggs

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The article provides an overview of the challenges to cross-cultural and cross-national research on elder abuse. There are conceptual and methodological difficulties in undertaking comparative studies within and between countries. As an example of the need to address cultural diversity within a country, elder abuse efforts in the U.S., UK, and Israel are described. The most pressing need for cross-national research on abuse involves a common definition of such adversities against the elderly that is reflective of the values within a country and at a sufficient level of discourse to embrace diverse conceptualizations of the problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-89
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Comparative analyses
  • Cross-cultural
  • Cross-national
  • Elder abuse definitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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