Caregiver Abuse of Chicago Chinese Older Adults in a Community-Dwelling Population

J Geriatr Med Gerontol. 2015;1(1):004. doi: 10.23937/2469-5858/1510004. Epub 2015 Sep 5.


Objectives: This study aimed to examine the prevalence and correlates of elder abuse reported by adult children among U.S Chinese populations.

Method: A community-based participatory research approach was implemented. A total of 548 Chinese adult children aged 21 years and over participated in this study. Elder abuse reported by adult children was assessed using Caregiver Abuse Screen (CASE).

Results: This study found a prevalence of 59.8%for elder abuse among 548 adult children. Younger age (r = -0.10, p < .05), higher level of education (r = 0.20, p < .001), higher income (r = 0.14, p < .01), more years in the U.S. (r = 0.12, p < .05), not born in Mainland China (r = -0.13, p < .01), and English-speaking (r = 0.16, p < .001) were positively correlated with elder abuse reported by adult children.

Discussion: Elder abuse by adult children is prevalent among U.S. Chinese populations. It is necessary for researchers, health care providers and policy makers to put more attention on elder abuse by adult children. Longitudinal research is needed to explore the risk factors associated with elder abuse by adult children. Health care providers should improve detection of elder abuse and support at-risk caregivers. Policy makers may consider cultural sensitive approaches to address elder abuse.

Keywords: Adult children; Caregiver; Chinese; Elder abuse.