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Journal:   MEDICAL JOURNAL OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN (MJIRI)   2017 , Volume 31 , Number 1; Page(s) 0 To 0.

Elder abuse: Screening in Iranian families



Author(s):  HOSSEINKHANI ZAHRA, Moradi Zhila
Background: The rate of elder abuse has been increasing worldwide. This study aimed at identifying the group of elders susceptible to abuse and determining the influential factors of elder abuse. Methods: A total of 683 elders, living in rural and urban areas of Qazvin (Iran), participated in this cross-sectional study that was conducted during September to December 2015. They were selected by stratified multistage random sampling method and filled in a standard questionnaire (H-S/EAST). Multiple logistic regression models were used for data analysis in Microsoft SPSS v. 18. Type 1 error was considered equal to 0. 05. Results: The average age of participants was 68. 5± 7. 6. Also, the prevalence of elder abuse in this study was 38. 5 (95% CI: 3. 34-42. 3). After eliminating the confounders and applying multiple regression analysis, we found a significant association between elder abuse and factors such as education level (OR= 2. 003, 95% CI: 1. 177-3. 409), residence (OR= 3. 53, 95% CI: 1. 969-6. 324), and age (OR= 0. 963, 95% CI: 0. 931-0. 995). Conclusion: The results of this study indicated a high prevalence of elder abuse in the studied population. By identifying high-risk individuals for elder abuse and planning to improve their quality of life, we will be able to successfully overcome this issue.
Keyword(s): Elder,Elder abuse,Prevalence,Iran
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