HARMED: Socioeconomic and health determinants of elder abuse
Instituto de Sociologia - FLUP
Despite the growing visibility of elder abuse as both a social and a public health problem, less attention has been paid to the relationship between elder abuse and the socioeconomic crisis affecting Europe and Portugal in particular. The starting point of this project is the need to fill in the gap on elder abuse studies by focusing on the effects of the socioeconomic crisis.
This research project will be developed in the scope of the Portuguese population-based cohort – the EPIPorto cohort. The main objectives are to assess the socioeconomic conditions and exploring if the decline or deterioration of those has had any impact on to the occurrence of aggressive and abusive behavior (e.g. physical, verbal and financial abuse and/or neglect); to analyze general health indicators and their effects as determinants of vulnerability towards abuse. A mixed-methods approach will be used to analyse data and achieve the study objectives.
The research team includes a group of researchers from different research units and disciplines, combining knowledge and skills able to capture the multidimensionality of the proposed objectives.