Disrespect and isolation: elder abuse in Chinese communities

Can J Aging. 2006 Summer;25(2):141-51. doi: 10.1353/cja.2006.0043.


Based on a qualitative study of home care workers, this paper aims to understand elder abuse of Chinese Canadians. The findings show disrespect is the key form elder abuse takes in the Chinese community. As a culturally specific form of abuse, disrespect remains invisible under categories of elder abuse derived from a Western cultural perspective. Applying a social exclusion framework to understand the dynamic of elder abuse, we argue that as a marginalized racial minority immigrant, an elderly Chinese person's vulnerability to abuse is increased under conditions of social isolation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Canada
  • China / ethnology
  • Culture
  • Elder Abuse / ethnology*
  • Family Relations*
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Social Isolation*