Mistreatment and victimization of LGBT elders

Pamela B. Teaster, Amanda E. Sokan

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The mistreatment and victimization of older LGBT adults is slowly coming to light in both practice and research. However, at this point, few studies examine this phenomenon. What is certain is that being LGBT may place elders at increased risk for mistreatment due to factors such as isolation, previous exposure to a traumatic event, and reticence to seek assistance from informal and formal networks. Penalties for elder mistreatment must be utilized by law enforcement more frequently, and statues that explore elder mistreatment as a hate crime also explored. It is critical that advocates, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers understand, intervene in, and prevent the mistreatment of LGBT elders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
ISBN (Print)9783319036229
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Elder abuse
  • LGBT elders
  • Mistreatment
  • Social isolation
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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