The Meaning of Elder Abuse and Interventions for It : A Qualitative Study of Older People's Perceptions

노인학대의 의미와 사회적 개입에 대한 노인들의 인식 연구 : 질적 조사연구

  • Woo, Kug-Hee (Social Welfare, The Seoul Christian University)
  • 우국희 (서울기독대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Published : 2002.08.30


Studies of elder abuse are increasing in our country since the 1990s. But few studies have researched how older people may perceive and give meaning to the phenomenon of elder abuse. Old people have been alienated from their own problems. Elder abuse was constructed as a social problem by experts, not by older people themselves. The purpose of this study was to explore the older people's perceptions ell the meaning of elder abuse and interventions for it, using a qualitative approach based on the grounded theory. The findings from in-depth interviews with 10 the elderly were as follows: The elderly participated in this study has been constructing the aged as independence, privacy, and carer, which conflicts the existing social construction of the aged. They also had their own definition of elder abuse. They perceived all the psycho-emotional sufferings as major elder abuse. So, they understood that elder abuse was the pervasive problem which everyone would experience. They proposed that desirable interventions for it was to guarantee and to sustain their existing independent living.