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Maltreatment of the Elderly - Ongoing Taumatizations

Volume 1, 2004, Nr. 3

Rolf Dieter Hirsch:

Maltreatment of the Elderly - Ongoing Taumatizations (Abstract)

The issue of maltreatment of the elderly has come to public attention in Germany only in recent years. Such maltreatment may be encountered in public, in the family and in institutions. It usually presents with a high degree of complexity due to the many factors involved, including personnel, structural and cultural aspects. Maltreatment of elderly persons may have many enduring effects, including psychiatric disorders. An assessment is requirerd for interventions against maltreatment. The underlying principle of such interventions is »help before punishment«.