Mortality among elder abuse victims in rural Malaysia: A two-year population-based descriptive study

Yunus, R.M. and Hairi, N.N. and Choo, W.Y. and Hairi, Farizah Mohd and Sooryanarayana, R. and Ahmad, S.N. and Razak, I.A. and Peramalah, D. and Aziz, S.A. and Mohammad, Z.L. and Mohamad, R. and Ali, Z.M. and Bulgiba, A. (2017) Mortality among elder abuse victims in rural Malaysia: A two-year population-based descriptive study. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 29 (1). pp. 59-71. ISSN 0894-6566

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08946566.2016.1260083

Abstract

Our study aims at describing mortality among reported elder abuse experiences in rural Malaysia. This is a population-based cohort study with a multistage cluster sampling method. Older adults in Kuala Pilah (n = 1,927) were interviewed from November 2013 to May 2014. Mortality was traced after 2 years using the National Registration Department database. Overall, 139 (7.2%) respondents died. Fifteen (9.6%) abuse victims died compared to 124 (7.0%) not abused. Mortality was highest with financial abuse (13%), followed by psychological abuse (10.8%). There was a dose-response relationship between mortality and clustering of abuse: 7%, 7.7%, and 14.0% for no abuse, one type, and two types or more, respectively. Among abuse victims, 40% of deaths had ill-defined causes, 33% were respiratory-related, and 27% had cardiovascular and metabolic origin. Results suggest a link between abuse and mortality. Death proportions varied according to abuse subtypes and gender.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abuse outcome; Descriptive study; Effects of elder abuse; Elder mistreatment; Exploratory; Family violence; Malaysia; Mortality
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 02:39
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 02:39
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18887

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