Elder Abuse and Help-Seeking Behavior in Elderly Chinese

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Elder abuse is a prevalent phenomenon resulting in physical, emotional, and social costs to individuals, families, and society. Timely and effective intervention is crucial because victims are often involved in relationships where re-victimization is common. Most elder abuse victims, however, are reluctant to seek help from outside their families. The aim of the present study is to explore factors associated with help-seeking behaviors among mistreated elders in Hong Kong. In-depth interviews were conducted with 40 elder abuse survivors. Although almost all of the participants could provide some examples of elder abuse, most denied that their own experience was abusive. Personal and professional social networks were important determinants of help seeking. Social isolation, cultural barriers, self-blame, and lack of knowledge were major barriers to help seeking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2683-2708
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • cultural contexts
  • disclosure of domestic violence
  • domestic violence
  • elder abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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