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The social construction of social problems: the case of elder abuse and neglect

  • Zvi Eisikovits (a1), Chaya Koren (a2) and Tova Band-Winterstein (a3)


The interaction and inter-penetrability overlap of abuse and neglect has been previously described. Therefore, the question is not whether a distinction can be made between the two, but how specific events are constructed into abuse and/or neglect based on how each of the protagonists involved (researchers, professional workers, family members, and the older persons themselves) make sense of abuse and neglect. The purpose of this paper is to explore the social and psychological construction of elder abuse and neglect and illustrate the theoretical constructs using case material and its application to the field.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Tova Band-Winterstein, PhD, Lecturer in the Department of Gerontology and Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Aging in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. Phone: +972-4-8342-865. Email:


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The social construction of social problems: the case of elder abuse and neglect

  • Zvi Eisikovits (a1), Chaya Koren (a2) and Tova Band-Winterstein (a3)


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