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Suzanne K. Cook

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Chapter 12: Elder Abuse Is Caused by the Perception of Stress Associated with Providing Care

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Elder Abuse Is Caused by the Perception of Stress Associated with Providing Care
Elder abuse is caused by the perception of stress associated with providing care
Suzanne K.Cook

Considerable research in the gerontology literature has documented the impact of stress associated with providing care to an elder. “Caught in the middle,” “the sandwich generation” (E. Brody, 1966, 1970), and “generationally inverse families” (Steinmetz, 1988; Steinmetz & Amsden, 1983) are phrases used to describe middle-aged caregivers who simultaneously are providing some level of care for aging parents as well as caring for their own children. As the caregiving responsibility for an elderly family member increasingly takes over the life of the caregiver, it is not unrealistic to expect some negative consequences. The title selected for a book ...

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