Fear of crime and psychological and physical abuse associated with ill health in a Swedish population aged 65-84 years
2012 (English)In: Public Health, ISSN 0033-3506, E-ISSN 1476-5616, Vol. 126, no 4, 358-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To assess the association between fear of crime and/or psychological and/or physical abuse in relation to self-reported physical and psychological health, using a large representative sample of elderly women and men in Sweden. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanStudy design: Cross-sectional national survey. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: Data were taken from a nationwide representative public health survey (2006). Men and women between the ages of 65 and 84 years were selected for the present analyses (4386 men and 4974 women). The response rate for this age group was 59% for men and 70% for women. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: Psychological and physical abuse against elderly women and men led to higher odds ratios for negative health outcomes, independently of socio-economic status. Strong correlation was found between psychological abuse and negative health outcomes in both men and women, while the correlation was less strong for physical abuse, especially among women. The men had high odds ratios for suicidal thoughts and even for attempted suicide in connection with physical and psychological abuse and fear of crime. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: The study provides representative results addressing an extensive negative health outcome panorama caused by fear of crime and exposure to abuse.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WB Saunders , 2012. Vol. 126, no 4, 358-364 p.
Elderly, Abuse, Ill health, Men, Women, Population study
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76948DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.01.015ISI: 000302121100016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76948DiVA: diva2:524365