Abuse of elderly in Sweden and Denmark 1987

SND-ID: SND 0266

Description Data and documentation

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

Description

During October 1987 the national Swedish institute of statistics made 943 telephone interviews about elder abuse with men and women between 18 and 74 years of age. In Denmark the the Danish national institute of statistics made the same kind of interviews with 1.535 men and women, 16 years and over. The representative samples were asked whether they knew about specific cases, in the surroundings or among the acquaintances, where retired people in their homes had been battered, threatened, economically exploited, the victims of theft or severely neglected. In both Sweden and Denmark 8 percent of the respondents report knowledge of such a case, where the abuse took place within the last 12 months. The perpetrators were unknown persons, family members and various kinds of caring staff (home helpers etc). In Sweden the 'staff' category was mentioned as perpetrator in 20 percent of the specific cases while in Denmark only 6 percent. This difference might be due to the fact that a larger proportion of the home helpers in Denmark is formally trained. A conclusion is that the 'staff' category can not

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Language

Swedish

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

No

Method

Unit of analysis

Population

1) Individuals aged 18-74 years residing in Sweden, 2) individuals aged 16 or more residing in Denmark.

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated

1987-10-05–1987-10-16

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden, Denmark

Topic and keywords

Subject area

Crime and law enforcement, Elderly, Social conditions and indicators (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

Publications

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Tornstam, L. (1988) Misshandling og omsorgsvigt af aeldre. Gerontologi og Samfund, 1:7-9.

Tornstam, L. (1989) Abuse of Elderly in Denmark and Sweden. Results from a Population Study. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Vol 1:35-44.
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Tornstam, L. (1989) Äldremisshandel i hemmet. Socialmedicinsk tidskrift, no. 5-6:216-222.
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Dataset 1
Abuse of elderly in Sweden 1987

Associated documentation

Version 1.0

Citation

Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University, Department of Sociology (1993). <em>Abuse of elderly in Sweden 1987</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/000911">https://doi.org/10.5878/000911</a>

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Telephone interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1987-10-05–1987-10-16
  • Source of the data: Population group

Variables

15

Number of individuals/objects

1535

Dataset 2
Abuse of elderly in Denmark 1987

Associated documentation

Version 1.0

Citation

Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University, Department of Sociology (1993). <em>Abuse of elderly in Denmark 1987</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/001030">https://doi.org/10.5878/001030</a>

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Telephone interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1987-10-05–1987-10-16
  • Source of the data: Population group

Variables

28

Number of individuals/objects

934

Published: 1990-01-01
Last updated: 2021-04-13