Prevalence of violence against older adults and associated factors in canakkale, Turkey: A cross-sectional study

Yalçın Gürsoy M., Kara F.

GERIATRICS & GERONTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.20, no.1, pp.66-71, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ggi.13819
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.66-71
  • Keywords: elderly, prevalence, risk factors, violence, ELDER ABUSE, RISK-FACTORS
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Aim This study was designed to determine the prevalence of domestic violence against older adults and the associated risk factors in canakkale, Turkey. Methods A cross-sectional, population-based study was carried out, including 1230 individuals aged >= 65 years living in the city of canakkale, Turkey. The population of the study consisted of 73 367 individuals aged >= 65 years, living in canakkale. Sample selection was made with the one-step cluster sampling method. The data were collected by face-to-face interview. The study was approved by the local ethics committee, and written consent was taken from the participants. Results Of the participants, 4.1% had experienced physical violence, 2.5% were subjected to sexual abuse, 23.5% had undergone psychological violence and 12.2% had a history of economic violence. The exposure to any of the given violence types was 28.5%. Risk factors related to violence were being married, having children, educated partner, lack of economic independence, poor self-perceived health, administration of medications by others, feeling lonely, dissatisfaction with life, poor perception of family relations and not participating in family decisions. Conclusions These results show that violence against older adults is a significant problem in a city in western Turkey. Therefore, an in-depth evaluation of the determined risk factors related to violence and actions for its prevention are warranted. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2019; center dot center dot: center dot center dot-center dot center dot.