Factors influencing decision-making by social care and health sector professionals in cases of elder financial abuse

Davies, M. L., Gilhooly, M. L.M., Gilhooly, K. J., Harries, P. A. and Cairns, D. (2013) Factors influencing decision-making by social care and health sector professionals in cases of elder financial abuse. European Journal of Ageing, 10(4), pp. 313-323. (doi:10.1007/s10433-013-0279-3) (PMID:24319405) (PMCID:PMC3851704)

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify the factors that have the greatest influence on UK social care and health sector professionals’ certainty that an older person is being financially abused, their likelihood of intervention, and the type of action most likely to be taken. A factorial survey approach, applying a fractional factorial design, was used. Health and social care professionals (n = 152) viewed a single sample of 50 elder financial abuse case vignettes; the vignettes contained seven pieces of information (factors). Following multiple regression analysis, incremental F tests were used to compare the impact of each factor on judgements. Factors that had a significant influence on judgements of certainty that financial abuse was occurring included the older person’s mental capacity and the nature of the financial problem suspected. Mental capacity accounted for more than twice the variance in likelihood of action than the type of financial problem. Participants from social care were more likely to act and chose more actions compared to health sector participants. The results are discussed in relation to a bystander intervention model. The impact of the older person’s mental capacity on decision-making suggests the need for training to ensure action is also taken in cases where older people have full mental capacity and are being abused. Training also needs to highlight the more subtle types of financial abuse, the types that appear not to lead to certainty or action.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kinnear, Dr Deborah
Authors: Davies, M. L., Gilhooly, M. L.M., Gilhooly, K. J., Harries, P. A., and Cairns, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:European Journal of Ageing
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:1613-9372
ISSN (Online):1613-9380
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Ageing 10(4):313-232
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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