Elder abuse and neglect: a survey of clergy awareness, knowledge, and intervention preferences.

Abstract

This article explores the research question: What is the perceived level of elder abuse and neglect awareness and knowledge among Protestant clergy members in Kentucky? Of the 300 clergy contacted, 160 participated, for a response rate of 53.3%. Pearson Chi-Square analyses were used to determine statistical significance, and phi coefficient correlations examined the strength of the associations between variables. Findings indicate that approximately 44% of clergy members in this study report some "awareness" of elder abuse and neglect. However, 56% of clergy respondents do not know that Kentucky is an "any person" mandatory reporting state. Specifically, participating clergy appear poorly informed about legal requirements for reporting elder abuse and neglect and perceive types of abuse differently. Untrained clergy with little formal training indicate a willingness to provide therapy to victims despite reporting that they do not feel qualified to do so.

DOI: 10.1080/08946566.2013.770311

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@article{Rudnick2013ElderAA, title={Elder abuse and neglect: a survey of clergy awareness, knowledge, and intervention preferences.}, author={John D Jack Rudnick and Pamela B. Teaster}, journal={Journal of elder abuse & neglect}, year={2013}, volume={25 4}, pages={323-38} }