EXPERIENCE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AMONG MALAYSIAN ELDERLY: A STUDY ON RESIDENTS OF RUMAH SERI KENANGAN (OLD FOLK HOME), PENGKALAN CHEPA KELANTAN

Bidin, Asiah and Mohd Yusoff, Jal Zabdi (2015) EXPERIENCE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AMONG MALAYSIAN ELDERLY: A STUDY ON RESIDENTS OF RUMAH SERI KENANGAN (OLD FOLK HOME), PENGKALAN CHEPA KELANTAN. In: e-Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Law and Society 2015 (ICLAS IV), 10th-11th May 2015, UniSZA, Kuala Terengganu.

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Abstract

Domestic elder abuse is indeed a social problem. In some countries, it had affected a large number of elderly. Although this issue has gained prominence for over two decades, in Malaysia, the information on this issue is still lacking. Most of the elder abuse cases were not reported and concealed from the public knowledge. Victims too, rarely reported the abuses perpetrated by their own family members. This study aims to examine the experiences of elderly in Malaysia who have sustained domestic abuse. Face-to-face in-depth interviews were carried out on ten (10) elderly aged 60 years and above who were residing in Rumah Seri Kenangan (an old folk home) in Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan. Each interview took an average of 15 to 30 minutes and was stopped when the information reached a saturated level. Observation on the physical characteristics of the elderly was done during the interview. The findings showed that the majority of elderly had experienced one or more abuses. The most reported forms of abuse were emotional and financial abuse. The main perpetrators were the adult children or their spouses. Through observation, the study found that the victims had similar characteristics namely having problems related to physical disability and one or more chronic illnesses. Keywords: abuse, elderly, neglect, risks factors, abuser

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Depositing User: Mrs Asiah Bidin
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2016 02:23
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2016 02:23
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4281

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