The Effect of Appropriate Treatment Package for the Elderly on the Abuse of Rural Elderly Families in Eyvan City
Author(s): Masoume Otaghi
*, Seyed Rahmatollah Mousavimoghadam
, Mohsen Nikvand
, Forozan kavarizadeh
and Ali Khorshidi
Background and Aim: Elderly abuse is one of the forms of domestic violence that affects the health, safety and quality of life of the elderly. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of appropriate training package on appropriate treatment of the elderly on family abuse of rural elderly in Ivan city in 1398. Materials and Methods: This was an experimental study of pre-test-post-test with a control group. 92 elderly people living in the villages of Ivan city were selected by stepwise cluster sampling method. The research tool was a questionnaire on elder abuse. An appropriate treatment package for the elderly was provided to 46 family members in the experimental group during 8 weeks. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and McNemar, paired and independent t-tests and analysis of covariance in SPSS-22 software. Significance level was considered 0.05. Results: There was no physical abuse or rejection. The mean scores of elder abuses in the experimental group before and after the intervention had a significant decrease in the dimensions of emotional neglect, psychological abuse (p=0.001) and care neglect (p= 0.01). The mean scores of elder abuses in the experimental and control groups after the intervention had a significant decrease in the dimensions of emotional negligence (p=0.001) and financial negligence (p=0.01). Conclusion: Providing an educational package for appropriate treatment of the elderly was effective in reducing some aspects of family abuse with rural elderly. It is recommended to use the mentioned educational package to change the behavior of elderly family members.