Older women’s fears of violence: The need for interventions that enable active ageing

Barnett, Karen R., Buys, Laurie, Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Smith, Dianne J., & Heffernan, Maree E. (2007) Older women’s fears of violence: The need for interventions that enable active ageing. Journal of Women & Aging, 19(3/4), pp. 179-194.

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Women’s fear of violence can impact negatively on their active participation in life. An ageing survey conducted with 2620 Australian respondents aged 50 to 90 years examined aspects of work, learning, social, spiritual and emotional status, health, vision, home, life events, demographics, and asked an open ended question about what being actively engaged in life meant. Ordinal regression was carried out on two dependent variables: wanting and needing to learn to discourage violence. Analyses found that as women’s age increased, those on lower incomes were more likely than others to say they needed to learn how to discourage violence against them. This paper investigates the variables associated with the findings - transport, finances, news media, home safety, and reduced social interactions. Results highlight the importance of understanding women’s fear in the context of personal and social issues, and the need to provide learning opportunities to improve safety and social engagement.

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ID Code: 12356
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Older women, fear of violence, perception of risk, active ageing, home and environment
DOI: 10.1300/J074v19n03_12
ISSN: 0895-2841
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Geriatrics and Gerontology (110308)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Haworth Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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