Causes of elder abuse: Caregiver stress versus problem relatives
Elderly abuse victims and a nonabused control group were compared to test the widely accepted proposition that such abuse results from the burden and stress placed on those caring for infirm and dependent elderly people. The study found substantially more support for the idea that abuse is associated with personality problems of the caregiver.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
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Pillemer, K., Finkelhor, D. Causes of elder abuse: Caregiver stress versus problem relatives. (1989) American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 59 (2), pp. 179-187.