Intentions : «This thesis [...] provides more in-depth information and understanding of the life experience and current living circumstances of [abused elderly persons].» (p. 2)
Questions/Hypothèses : L’auteure se pose les questions suivantes: «How much elder abuse is there? What are its causes? Who is most likely to be affected?» (p. 4) «Did the losses suffered by respondents of this study prepare them for the heartbreak of being maltreated in their later years?« (p. 16-17)
Échantillon/Matériau : «This current study took, as its starting point, the larger national survey on elder abuse and neglect in Canada in which there were 2,008 persons questioned.» (p. 34) The author used also a subset «[...] through personal telephone interviews with 42 abused elderly persons identified from that survey [...].» (p. 2)
Instruments : Guide d’entretien
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu Analyse statistique
«There are two parts to this study. The first part provided quantitative data on the prevalence rate of elder abuse in Canada; the second part, is qualitative. Here the data explores a theme of continuity that connects social change and life experience: a theme of loss and adaptation--particularly in the 1930s--in the life course development of a cohort of older Canadians who were born in the early part of the century and who were victims of some form of maltreatment in their older years. Life experiences emerge from the personal narratives of abuse survivors, and such experiences have rarely been the subject of sociological investigation. From the accounts of the elderly who have encountered abuse, themes may emerge that provide a fresh perspective on the social background and interactions from the informants. The concept of elder hardiness is a major focus of this thesis.» (p. 2) Note : L’étude présente des données sur la province du Québec. L’auteure aborde aussi la question de la violence conjugale.