Thursday, January 4, 2018
The National Adult Protective Services Association National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse have released a new Research to Practice brief, Social support can diminish negative effects of elder abuse.
Here is an excerpt of the summary of the research
In general, compared to non-victims, victims of elder abuse reported higher rates of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Dis-order (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and poorer self-reported health. Depression and PTSD in particular appeared to be most impacted by mistreatment. However, the level of perceived social support during the past month protected against the negative effects of mis-treatment, with the exception of PTSD outcomes. In particular, social support even seemed to undo the effects of mistreatment on GAD symptoms and self-reported health outcomes. This finding about the important protective effects of social support is especially meaningful and interesting, given that a current aspect of functioning (i.e., how much social support someone feels that they are receiving) seems to lessen the nega-tive impact of a past event that occurred many years prior.