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SILVA, Edson Alexandre da  and  FRANCA, Lucia Helena de Freitas Pinho. Violence against the elderly in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp. 155-177. ISSN 1808-4281.

The number of elderly is growing dramatically requiring the implementation of measures for their well-being. There is a lack of research into the causes of violence against the elderly and its prevention. This research examines the factors influencing this violence in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Palmore Ageism Scale (2001) was tested with 284 participants of 60 yrs or more. Factor analyses and correlations were performed and the predictors confirmed by multiple regression. The results demonstrated that the more intense the level of conflicts in the relationships of the elderly the more frequent the violence suffered by them. Elderly men experienced more intense conflicts in their relationships than elderly women. About a quarter of those who had suffered aggression did not denounce their aggressors, reinforcing the sub-notification of the real number of cases. Measures are suggested for the reduction of discrimination against the elderly.

Keywords : violence; elderly; predictors; Rio de Janeiro.

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