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College Students Perceptions of Elder Abuse

Student Wendy L. Washington
Faculty Mentor(s) Dr. Kathy Stolley
Department Sociology
Course Introduction to Social Research

Abstract

This research project gauges college-aged adults’ perceptions of elder abuse. Surveys were administered to a convenience sample of 53 college-aged adults, ranging in age from 17 to 32 years. Students were presented with three scenarios describing various events involving elderly family member and asked to rank behaviors on a scale ranging from “highly justifiable” to “highly un-justifiable.” Findings suggest that college-aged adults’ perception of elder depends on the nature of the situation. Results can be used to engage this group on the topic of elder abuse and potential interventions.

 

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