• Janetta Ananias University of Namibia
  • Herman Strydom Prof Herman Strydom, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa





This article provides an overview of factors contributing to elder abuse and neglect within the informal caregiving setting from the perspective of ecological theory. This theory offers a deeper understanding of the complexity of elder abuse by considering the interactions that take place across a number of interrelated systems as well as the multiple risk factors that contribute to elder abuse and neglect. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners need to develop awareness of the risk factors regarding elder abuse and neglect, and to develop appropriate interventions in response to elder abuse and neglect.


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Author Biographies

Janetta Ananias, University of Namibia

Janetta Ananias, Department of Social Work, University of Namibia, Windhoek

Herman Strydom, Prof Herman Strydom, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

 Prof Herman Strydom, School for Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa



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How to Cite

Ananias, J., & Strydom, H. (2014). FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN THE INFORMAL CAREGIVING SETTING. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 50(2). https://doi.org/10.15270/50-2-399




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