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Perceived barriers and facilitators to implement elder abuse intervention for victims and perpetrators: views from US Chinese older adults

XinQi Dong (Professor of Medicine, Nursing and Behavioral Science. Chinese Health, Aging and Policy Program, Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
E-Shien Chang (Research Manager, based at Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, lllinois, USA)
Esther Wong (Executive Director, based at Chinese American Service League, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Melissa A. Simon (Vice Chair of OB GYN, based at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore US Chinese older adults’ views regarding elder abuse interventions in order to understand barriers and facilitators of help-seeking behaviors.

Design/methodology/approach

The study design was qualitative, using a grounded theory approach to data collection and analysis. Community-based participatory research approach was implemented to partner with the Chicago Chinese community. A total of 37 community-dwelling Chinese older adults (age 60+) participated in focus group discussions.

Findings

Participants viewed many benefits of intervention programs. Perceived barriers were categorized under cultural, social, and structural barriers. Facilitators to implement interventions included increasing education and public health awareness, integrating social support with existing community social services, as well as setting an interdisciplinary team. Perpetrators intervention strategies were also discussed.

Originality/value

This study has wide policy and practice implications for designing and deploying interventions with respect to elder abuse outcome. Modifying the cultural, social, and structural barriers that affect health behavior of Chinese older adults contribute to the salience of elder abuse interventions in this under-served.

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Citation

Dong, X., Chang, E.-S., Wong, E. and A. Simon, M. (2014), "Perceived barriers and facilitators to implement elder abuse intervention for victims and perpetrators: views from US Chinese older adults", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 307-321. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-12-2013-0046

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2014, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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