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Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

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CANO, Sara M; GARZON, María O; SEGURA, Ángela M  and  CARDONA, Doris. Associated factors of the abuse of the elderly people in Antioquia, 2012. Rev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pública [online]. 2015, vol.33, n.1, pp.67-74. ISSN 0120-386X.

OBJECTIVE:to determine the demographic, social and economic factors associated with the abuse of elderly people in 2012. METHODOLOGY: using a descriptive and retrospective study, demographic, economic and mental health factors of the elderly population of Antioquia for 2012 were charaterized in order to contribute to the analysis of their health situation and living conditions. The study was based on the results of the instrument applied by the CES university to 4,215 adults aged 60 and older in which I inquire about perceived abuse, cognitive functioning, level of depression, anxiety level, social support scale, social resources, etc. Results expanded to 654,473 adults in the Department. RESULTS :72.8% of adults in the Department are women, 53.7% live in Medellin, 55% have not completed elementary school, 72.9% belonged to 1 and 2 socioeconomic strata, 45.1% reported no income in the last month, 26.3% are at risk of depression and 34.4% are at risk of anxiety, 2.5% reported having suffered neglect, 5.0% reported having emotional needs that are ignored, 1.7% suffered some form of physical assault, 0.4% had been assaulted sexually and 1.3% claimed to have suffered financial abuse. The socioeconomic variables housing type, ethnicity, risk of depression, anxiety, risk, risk of cognitive decline and support network were the most helpful in explaining the presence of abuse. CONCLUSION: addressing this problem requires comprehensive attention to the needs of older adults involving all sectors of society and transgenerational consciousness.

Keywords : elderly; abuse; parts; Antioquia.

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