Perceptions of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Attitudes toward Ageism: Volunteers Public Non-Health Staff and Tradesmen in Manisa/Turkey

Ozden Dedeli
2013 Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research  
The aim of this study was to examine the attitudes towards ageism, perceptions of elder abuse and neglect in working and profession groups which have potential sources of help and support for elders. This is a descriptive and a cross sectional study that was carried out between January and May 2012 in Manisa/Turkey. With working and profession groups face to face interviews were conducted with volunteers from: the police; the imam/hodja; the constabulary; and the tradesmen. The total numbers of
more » ... he total numbers of participants were 339 from Center of Manisa/Turkey and fieldwork took place. Participants believe that elderly abuse and neglect is a social problem and they have professional and individual responsibilities to prevent it. The mean (± SD) of the Ageism Attitude Scale score was 71.4 ± 9.7 and their attitudes toward senility and ageism were positive. Results of this study, volunteer public non-health staff and tradesmen have a quite sensitive about elderly abuse and neglect and, a positive attitude toward senility and elderly.
doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000120 fatcat:j5pqnr26ofg73baqsr6vmpo3sq