Understanding underreporting of elder financial abuse : can data support the assumptions?
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The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is adults ages 60 and older. Subsequently, cases of elder abuse are on the rise with the most common form being financial victimization. Approximately only one in five cases of elder financial abuse (EFA) are reported to authorities. The present study used vignette methodology to determine 1) under what circumstances cognitively-intact older adults would report EFA, 2) to whom they would report, 3) what impediments prevent them from reporting, and 4) how their willingness to report is influenced by age-related self-perceptions and attitudes ...