The Abuse Of Older People. A Training Manual For Detection And Prevention

By Jacki Pritchard.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers


ISBN 1 85302 305 1

A second edition of a successful book has to renew and embellish
an established reputation.

Jacki Pritchard’s imaginative first edition was one of the first
of the ‘second generation’ texts on elder abuse which found a
unique niche, being both a basic information text and a training

Her reputation guarantees a large and diverse readership.

This second edition is in two parts. The first gives basic
information including types and a few definitions.

The research knowledge base in the UK concerning elder abuse is

Carer stress and the dependency of the older person may be the
important issues – they receive the most prominence using case
examples, though all forms of abuse are covered. Practical working
procedures are described, again using case examples.

The section on basic facts fails to capitalise on the published
work that is available, although the Sheffield experience proves

Part one does not aim to be a comprehensive text; rather, it
gives the reader an introduction to the topic that is readable and

The uniqueness of this book comes in the second part. The seven
activities have combinations of learning objectives, learning
activities, trainer activities, assessment, student activities and
suggested reading.

There are chapters on professional dilemmas, work
prioritisation, role play experiences, the case conference and
simulation exercises.

Workers engaged in all forms of training will find this book an
invaluable aid.

Gerry Bennett

is senior lecturer, health care of the elderly, London Hospital
Medical College and chairperson, Action on Elder Abuse

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