Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D


Elder abuse refers to the condition of an individual, generally sixty years of age and over, who has sustained physical, psychological, material, financial or substance abuse. This study attempted to gain insight into the problems of elder abuse by developing profiles of abused older persons, the alleged abusers, and the relationships between the two. The profiles were developed through secondary analysis of data on elder abuse collected under an ongoing study in seven counties by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Statistical Package of Social Sciences was used to analyze the data. Atlanta University provided the hardware for the statistical analyses.

The major findings of the study are as follows: abuse and neglect of older persons exist to a shockingly significant degree within these seven counties in Georgia; the findings in this study are congruent with previous research on elder abuse and neglect; black elderly below the age of seventy-four are at a greater risk of abuse and neglect that their white counterparts, while black elderly over seventy-four are at a lesser risk of abuse or neglect.

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