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Title: Elder abuse : work locus of control and attitudes towards older people as risk factors for "unintentional" elder abuse by staff in residential settings
Authors: Nicholson-Langley, Helen L.
Award date: 2006
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: The study aimed to determine whether staff working in residential care for the elderly could identify insidiously abusive care practice, and whether this could be predicted by staff attitudes towards older people or work locus of control. Data from 81 nurses and health care assistants was analysed using multiple regression. Results indicated that staff had more positive attitudes towards older people than negative attitudes, and that negative attitudes alone were the greatest significant predictor of staff identification of abuse, i.e. greater negative attitudes were associated with poorer recognition of abuse. 65% of participants were able to identify insidiously abusive care practice, suggesting that a significant proportion (35%) of participants were not. It was hypothesised that negative attitudes reflected a paternalistic approach to care rather than intentionally abusive practice. There was some indication that abuse-related training may moderate the relationship between negative attitude and recognition of abuse, but that training alone does not improve recognition of abuse. These hypotheses require further testing.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: DClinPsy
Rights: Copyright © the author. All rights reserved.
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