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Dilemmas and ethics : social work practice in the detection and management of abused older women and men

Wilson, Gail (2002) Dilemmas and ethics : social work practice in the detection and management of abused older women and men. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 14 (1). pp. 79-94. ISSN 1540-4129

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Identification Number: 10.1300/J084v14n01_05


Social workers in one multi-ethnic area of UK were interviewed on the subject of elder abuse. They produced a dominant discourse that ignored issues of emancipatory practice relating to diversity and difference (gender and ethnicity) and that oversimplified the complexity of elder abuse cases. They worked in an organisational climate that provided insufficient resources to deal with cases of elder abuse once identified, and that imposed performance indicators that took no account of practical and ethical aspects of the abuse of older women and men. It was rare for a case of elder abuse to have a good outcome, and hence staff were faced with situations (defined as dilemmas) where no decision was likely to benefit the service users. Ethical practice gave way to avoidance of ethical issues and a reliance on guidelines and management aims.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2002 The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, United States. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 14 (1) pp. 79-94. Article copies available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: <>. LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright © and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL ( of the LSE Research Online website.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2024 20:51

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