Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-51

Socioeconomic Inequality of Elder Abuse in Qazvin, Iran

1 Department of Health Services Management, School of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
2 Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Dezful University of Medical Sciences, Dezful, Iran
3 Deputy of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Science, Qazvin, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Zahra Hosseinkhani
Qazvin University of Medical Science, Bahonar Blv, Postal Code: 34197-59811, Qazvin,
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/SHB.SHB_2_19

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Introduction: Socioeconomic status (SES) is often associated with elder abuse. This study aimed to determine SES inequality of elder abuse in Qazvin, Iran. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 683 (60–95 years) elders were included in the analysis in 2015. Hwalek-Sengstock Elder Abuse Screening Test was used to collect data on elder abuse. SES was measured through an asset-based method and principal component analysis. The concentration index and curve were used to measure SES inequality. Results: The concentration index for socioeconomic inequality of elder abuse was −0.0290 (95% confidence interval [CI]: −0.0498, −0.0081). This index based on residence showed elder abuse is more concentrated among rural elders with lower SES (C = −0.0739, 95% CI: [−0.112, −0.0356]). Conclusion: There is a slightly socioeconomic inequality of elder abuse among elders. Lower SES might be considered as a risk factor for elder abuse. Policymakers should plan for improvement in services to consider the role of SES in elder abuse.

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