The Role of Clergy in the Intervention and Prevention of Elder Abuse

  • Author / Creator
    Norma J. Godbold
  • This thesis examines The Role of Clergy in the Intervention and Prevention of Elder Abuse. Elder abuse is a complex issue that is prominent in today’s society but does not receive the attention that it deserves. This paper provides appropriate and effective intervention and prevention strategies to serve as a guide for clergy to help eliminate the crime of elder abuse and neglect. Through personal experience, and literature review, the initial chapters examines the definition, signs, symptoms and patterns of mistreatment that define elder abuse and provides the foundation for this paper. Chapter Three considers interventions for the caregiver. The following section sets the theological foundation and emphasizes the significant role of clergy. It further identifies the role of the abuser and the association to mental health issues and other forms of abuse. The concluding segment investigates multidisciplinary approaches and provides models for effective prevention. Success in addressing this complex problem will require the combined efforts of people from many disciplines. With further understanding, we must move forward to continue to engage in strategies for change, and build a society where seniors are respected as valued members. With hope we trust that this goal may be achieved.

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    Master of Theological Studies (Diaconal Ministry)
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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    University of Alberta
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  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Clair Woodbury
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Jean Waters
    • Dr. Mona-Lee Feehan