Abuse and Discrimination Experienced by Older Women in the Era of COVID-19: A Two-Wave Representative Community Survey in Hong Kong

Elsie Yan, Daniel W.L. Lai, Vincent W.P. Lee, Xue Bai, Haze K. L. Ng

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Although there is a growing volume of research on violence against women, violence against older women has received little attention to date. Little is known about the experience of elder abuse, discrimination, loneliness, and health among older women, in particular in the era of COVID-19 when our lives have been changed drastically. Using two waves of survey data (N = 1,498), this study compared the estimates of elder abuse and age discrimination before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, examined their associations with physical and mental health, and explored the mediating effects of loneliness on the associations in two independent samples of older women in Hong Kong. Reductions in some forms of abuse and discrimination against older women during the pandemic were observed. Findings from regression analyses show that elder abuse and age discrimination were associated with poorer health, and these associations were mediated by loneliness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1750-1772
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • COVID-19
  • discrimination
  • elder abuse
  • health
  • loneliness
  • violence against women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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