Abuse of elderly in Sweden and Denmark 1987

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

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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Responsible department/unit:

Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Identifiers:

SND-ID: SND 0266

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

Time period(s) investigated:

1987-10-05 — 1987-10-16

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Denmark, Sweden

Unit of analysis:

Population:

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

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Sampling procedure:

Probability: Simple random

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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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Version 1.0:

1993-03-01 doi:10.5878/000911

Dataset 1

Abuse of elderly in Sweden 1987

Suggested citation:

Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. (1993). Abuse of elderly in Sweden 1987. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/000911

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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

Version 1.0:

1993-03-01 doi:10.5878/001030

Dataset 2

Abuse of elderly in Denmark 1987

Suggested citation:

Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. (1993). Abuse of elderly in Denmark 1987. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/001030

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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