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Rezaeipandari H, Morowatisharifabad M A, Bahrevar V, Rahaei Z, Hakimzadeh A. Relationship between Abuse Experience and General Health among Older Adults in Yazd City- Iran. Elderly Health Journal. 2016; 2 (1) :21-26
URL: http://ehj.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-51-en.html

Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
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Introduction: Elder abuse may increase the vulnerability of ageing people to disease and decrease their general health status, so addressing the issue is essential for promoting elderly quality of life. The study aimed to examine the relation between abuse experience and general health among elderly people in Yazd city- Iran.

Methods: The cross-sectional study carried out on 250 community-dwelling seniors in the city of Yazd who were selected with cluster random sampling. Data collection tools included, Iranian Domestic Elder Abuse Questionnaire and Persian version of the General Health Questionnaire 28. Data were analyzed using Spearman correlation coefficient and linear regression tests.

Results: Mean scores of abuse experience and general health among the elders were 11.84 ± 12.70 (range 0-100) and 21.82 ± 10.84 (range 0-84) respectively. General health status was more undesirable among elders who had experienced abuse than those who had not. Elder abuse subscales accounted for 17.2% changes in general health, which had only care neglect and physical abuse subscales with significant prediction effect.

Conclusion: Abuse experience has negative effects on older adults' general health. care neglect and physical abuse play a more important role. 

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/02/10 | Accepted: 2016/04/21 | Published: 2016/06/29

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