Elder Abuse Project

“They are family…”
Facilitators and Barriers to Screening and Management of Elder Abuse by Tribal Health Care Providers

A National Needs Assessment

Authors: Jolie Crowder, PhD, MSN, RN, CCM; Linda Carson, PhD, MPH, BSN; Kendra Kuehn, MSW; Dave Baldridge

Recent evidence indicates that the values of respect and reverence ascribed to tribal cultures seems to provide little protection for their elders from abuse. An analysis of the National Elder Mistreatment Study (NEMS) found that American Indian and Alaska Native older respondents reported a cumulative abuse prevalence of 33% — almost double that of overall original study findings for white respondents. 89percentgraphic

To address these disparities IA2 conducted what we believe is the first comprehensive national needs assessment to date.

Our goal was to identify facilitators and barriers for screening and management of elder abuse by tribal health care providers.

Click here to review a summary of project findings and recommendations to address the epidemic of elder abuse among American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

This project was funded by a generous grant from The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims of Crime via the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime.