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Prevalência e fatores associados ao abuso de cuidadores contra idosos dependentes: a face oculta da violência familiar

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Prevalência e fatores associados ao abuso de cuidadores contra idosos dependentes: a face oculta da violência familiar
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FapUNIFESP (SciELO), January 2019
DOI 10.1590/1413-81232018241.34872016
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Valéria Teresa Saraiva Lino, Nádia Cristina Pinheiro Rodrigues, Idenalva Silva de Lima, Soraya Athie, Edinilsa Ramos de Souza


This cross-sectional study was carried out in Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and aimed to identify the prevalence and factors associated with familial violence perpetrated by caregivers against elderly dependents. A sample of 135 pairs was evaluated using instruments to assess both caregivers (social support, alcoholism, burden, violence) and elders (depression, cognition, functional capacity). Statistical tests compared the percentages of reported violence according to the characteristics of caregiver and elders. A logistic regression model investigated the association between violence and caregiver/ elder characteristics. More than 30% of caregivers gave responses consistent with risk of elder abuse. Among them, high burden level and comorbid alcohol abuse increased the risk of violence by 11 and 3.8 times, respectively. Elderly men were 2.9 times more likely to be mistreated than elderly women, and depressed ones were 6.9 times more likely to report mistreatment than those without depression. Conclusion: We detected a high prevalence of caregiver violence against elderly dependents, with substantially greater risk among caregivers with high levels of burden, alcohol-related problems, and those caring for depressed elders. Family support strategies are needed to reduce domestic violence and protect elderly victims.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 90 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 26 29%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 14%
Researcher 9 10%
Student > Master 8 9%
Student > Postgraduate 5 6%
Other 7 8%
Unknown 22 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 23 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 14 16%
Psychology 10 11%
Social Sciences 4 4%
Computer Science 3 3%
Other 9 10%
Unknown 27 30%