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Elder Abuse and the Public's Health

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Elder Abuse and the Public's Health

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  • Pamela Teaster PhD
  • Jeffrey Hall PhD
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Presents an insightful, interdisciplinary approach for preventing elder abuse

Encompassing the contributions of leading scholars in public health and gerontology, this is a rich repository of key ideas, concepts and issues regarding elder abuse and the role of public health initiatives in its prevention. The text frames elder abuse as a public health problem, stressing that efforts toward prevention is well within the scope of work performed by public health professionals. It describes major public policy/public health initiatives as they relate to elder abuse, analyzes elder abuse as a global and human rights issue, and supports the development of core competencies for public health work to prevent elder abuse.

The text describes in detail major theoretical and applied issues within elder abuse and grounds these issues within the core functions and essential services of public health. It then addresses skill development using the core competencies for public health professionals. The book is the first to tie the core functions and essential public health services to core public health competency domains and creates a topic-specific framework for effective public health practice. An annotated section includes the most up-to-date resources for both public health and elder abuse, including toolkits, stakeholder lists, and references. A discussion of future directions for the field sets the agenda for a committed interdisciplinary approach to ameliorating and preventing elder abuse.

Key Features:

  • Grounds elder abuse prevention within the core functions and essential services of public health
  • Provides a storehouse of scientific and practical information on elder abuse
  • Stresses skill development using core competencies for public health professionals
  • Encompasses the contributions of outstanding leaders in public health and gerontology
  • Includes news stories, illustrative case examples, resources, blogs, and webinars

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 12, 2018
  • Page Count 240
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171320
  • EISBN 9780826171351

About The Author(s) 

Pamela B. Teaster, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and a Professor in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech. She is the Secretary General of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and is on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification. She helped established the Kentucky Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults and the Kentucky Guardianship Association. Her research concerns the abuse of elders and vulnerable adults, public and private guardianship, the ethics of surrogate decision making, public policy, and quality of life. Her work has involved working with international, national, state, and community organizations and entities. Dr. Teaster is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She is the recipient of the Rosalie Wolf Award for Research on Elder Abuse. She has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and is editor/author of 4 books.

Jeffrey E. Hall, PhD, MSPH, CPH, serves as Deputy Associate Director for Science in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). Dr. Hall was previously a Lead Behavioral Scientist at in the Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. His work has focused on topics across the life span, including infant homicide, youth and young adult violence, and elder abuse. He has conducted research to develop or enhance local, state, and national systems or capacities for measuring and monitoring progress towards health equity. Dr. Hall is medical sociologist by training, and also holds degrees in epidemiology, general sociology, and psychology.

Table of Contents 




1. Framing Elder Abuse as a Public Health Problem

Jeffrey E. Hall and Pamela B. Teaster

2. Elder Abuse and the Core Function of Public Health: Using the 10 Essential Public Health Services as a Framework for Addressing Elder Abuse

Shalon M. Irving and Jeffrey E. Hall

3. Elder Abuse and the Role of Public Health Law and Health Services Administration

Emmanuel D. Jadhav and James W. Holsinger, Jr.

4. Intimate Partner Violence Affecting Older Adults: Public Health Implications

Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik

5. American Indian Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches to Elder Abuse

Derrell W. Cox II and Lori L. Jervis

6. Intersection of Public Health and Nontraditional Partners and Approaches to Address Elder Abuse

Georgia J. Anetzberger

7. Initiatives, Organizations, and Efforts Addressing Elder Abuse

Pamela B. Teaster, Jeffrey E. Hall, and Fatemeh Zarghami

8. Public Health, Human Rights, and Global Perspectives on Elder Abuse

Elizabeth Podnieks and Cynthia Thomas

9. Summations and Concluding Thoughts

Pamela B. Teaster and Jeffrey E. Hall