International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Socio-Demographic Correlates of Pattern of Elderly Abuse in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Tolulope Monisola Ola, Adeyemi Olalekan

This study examined socio-demographic correlates of pattern of elderly abuse in Ado-Ekiti. Towards achieving this aim, information was gathered from elderly aged 60 years and above currently living in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. A simple random sampling technique was adopted to choose 220 eligible respondents with the aid of EA maps. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from the respondents. The instrument was divided into two sections. The result shows that abandonment and neglect is the most common type of elderly abuse experienced by elders in the study area. Also, it was revealed that age has a positive relationship with the form of abuse that is the older in age, the more the level of abuse. While living with spouse and health status have negative and positive relationship on forms of abuse experienced respectively, there exist a strong and positive association between forms of abuse and some other demographic-characteristics of respondents. This study therefore recommends that better social support programs should be organized for the elderly who are facing neglect, abandonment and any other forms of abuse.

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