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Developing effective elder abuse interventions

By: William Elwood, Ph.D. There is comprehensive public awareness and concern for elder abuse (EA) and mistreatment, yet few proven interventions to prevent it or stop its many manifestations. To promote overall elder justice, ...

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Where to for OBSSR? Strategic plan input from leading socio behavioral scientists

On January 19-20, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) had the pleasure of convening an expert panel to provide input into our strategic planning process. OBSSR staff and I finished the day energized an...

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Risk and resilience factors in elder abuse: Lessons learned from other fields

Research in elder abuse lacks standardization, particularly when it comes to identifying risk and resilience factors, understanding culture subgroups, and testing available interventions. Elder abuse is a growing public health ...


Identifying elder abuse: Current challenges, insight from other fields, and future directions

As older people constitute a greater proportion of the American populace, elder abuse (EA) has become a growing public health concern. Nevertheless, it is under-recognized and under-reported. Basic knowledge, reliable detection...


To tweet or not to tweet: Using community engaged research to reduce violence

To tweet or not to tweet? That’s the question raised in this age of constant connectivity when health can be both positively and negatively influenced by social media. Society has long embraced the idea of a “workout buddy...


NIH Elder Abuse Workshop Overview: What we know and where we’re going

Elder abuse and mistreatment is a growing public health concern for one of our most vulnerable populations. Elder abuse includes physical assault, financial exploitation, and sexual and mental abuse. Despite increasing awarenes...

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