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dc.contributor.authorClark, Colleen Marieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T18:21:05Z
dc.date.available2015-08-04T18:21:05Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.other(ALMA)contemp
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12330
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Boston University PLEASE NOTE: Boston University Libraries did not receive an Authorization To Manage form for this thesis or dissertation. It is therefore not openly accessible, though it may be available by request. If you are the author or principal advisor of this work and would like to request open access for it, please contact us at open-help@bu.edu. Thank you.en_US
dc.description.abstractElders, people over the age of 64, comprise the fastest growing segment of the population, and it is expected that the incidence of elder mistreatment will increase just as rapidly. Elder mistreatment is a serious issue that has only recently gained public awareness. Elder mistreatment is one of the least understood, researched or reported social issues and studies estimate that only 1 of every 14 cases is ever discovered. When an elder dies, it is usually the responsibility of the local medical examiner or coroner to conduct a full investigation to determine the cause and manner of death. However, there are currently no guidelines in existence to help distinguish between mistreatment and the ravages of advanced age or disease. Without effective tools to aid detection of elder mistreatment, the problem cannot be properly addressed, making reporting, intervention and prosecution impossible. This paper evaluates several potential markers of elder mistreatment along with physiologic changes of age and disease, to ascertain the merit of each finding asan indicator of abuse or neglect and develop an investigative protocol. A table and figure summarize and categorize the findings discussed throughout this paper. To ensure more accurate certification of elder deaths, research was reviewed and compiled in order to compare natural aspects of aging or accidental injury to inflicted injuries. In addition to characterizing elder's injuries, this research also describes the typical victim, the usual perpetrator, the victimperpetrator relationship and risk factors of elder mistreatment as part of the investigative protocol development. Enhanced knowledge of the signs and typical features of abuse and neglect will help medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and social service providers, more readily detect, report, and intervene in cases of elder mistreatment when they occur.en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleIdentifying forensic markers for determining elder mistreatment as cause of deathen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineBiomedical Forensic Sciencesen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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