The Sexual Victimization of Older Women Living in Nursing Homes

Pamela B. Teaster, Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Erin L. Abner, Sujee Kim

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This study examined 64 cases of sexual victimization of women ages 65+ (mean = 81) living in facilities that were investigated by APS and regulatory agencies in five states over a six-month period. Typically, abuse involved molestation (53%) and unwelcome sexual interest in the body (20%). Abilities and needs of women in substantiated and unsubstantiated cases were comparable. Resident perpetrators were more likely to be substantiated than staff or any other perpetrator (p = 0.008). Our results underscore the need to evaluate differences associated with gender, age, and residence, and to train on reporting and intervention by disciplines serving victims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-409
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015

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  • Adult Protective Services
  • abuse investigations
  • older women
  • regulatory agencies
  • sexual victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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