Socio-cultural factors that determine actions that constitutes elder abuse among Nigerians

Uzoma O Okoye, University of Nsukka, Nigeria
Pepertua L Tanyi, University of Nsukka, Nigeria

Recently, there has been appreciable increase in the elderly population in Nigeria. This has resulted in growing tendency for elder abuse. Elder abuse, the last form of family violence to gain public attention, was identified as a social problem a few decades ago. It is regarded today, as one of the emerging issues in social gerontology. This study, examines factors that predisposes one to consider a particular action as elderly abuse. Questionnaire that comprised 52 items, were distributed among 480 respondents. Respondents were required to indicate whether any of the 52 actions, constitute elder abuse or not. Results show that about 66% believe that those actions listed in the questionnaire do not constitute abuse. Also it was found that gender and level of education, appear to have some relationship on how one views what constitute elder abuse. The major implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations made.

Presented in Poster Session 4