Date of Completion
Garry Lapidus, Joan Segal
Field of Study
Master of Public Health
Elder abuse is a significant public health problem. This thesis describes the epidemiology of elder abuse, provides a conceptual model to describe risk factors, and describes national and state reporting laws. First responders such as police, fire, and emergency medical services are ideally suited to identify and refer elder abuse victims. The results of a pilot survey examining the existing policies and procedures among first responders in one Connecticut town are described. Recommendations for future studies are provided.
Fortin-McCue, Lea Ann, "Screening for Elder Abuse and Neglect by First Responders: Does Training and Experience Make a Difference in Knowledge and Awareness?" (2011). Master's Theses. 85.