Elder abuse and oppression: voices of marginalized elders

Christine A Walsh, Jennifer L Olson, Jenny Ploeg, Lynne Lohfeld, Harriet L MacMillan

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The voices of elderly people from marginalized groups are rarely solicited, and the relationship between elder maltreatment and belonging to an oppressed group has not been adequately investigated. This article reviews the literature on oppression and elder abuse and describes findings from the secondary analysis of data from focus group discussions on elder abuse held with marginalized older adults and (quasi)professionals caring for them in two Canadian cities. Participants identified that increased vulnerability to elder abuse was related to oppression experienced as a consequence of ageism, sexism, ableism/disability, racism, heterosexism/homophobia, classism, and various intersecting types of oppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-42
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Disabled Persons
  • Elder Abuse
  • Humans
  • Prejudice
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review


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