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The prevalence, severity and chronicity of abuse towards older men: insights from a multinational European survey

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Melchiorre, Maria Gabriella; Di Rosa, Mirko; J. F. Soares, Joaquim (2021). The prevalence, severity and chronicity of abuse towards older men: insights from a multinational European survey [Dataset]. Dryad.


Data come from: the main study “ABUEL” (ELder ABUse: A multinational prevalence survey), regarding on the whole a sample of 4,467 not demented randomly selected individuals aged 60-84 years (males and females). It was a multinational and cross-sectional prevalence survey on elder abuse, which in 2009 was conducted by face-to-face interviews to older people in seven urban European cities (Ancona, in Italy; Athens, in Greece; Granada, in Spain; Kaunas, in Lithuania; Stuttgart, in Germany; Porto, in Portugal, and Stockholm, in Sweden). The present dataset includes only older men (n=1908), who were interviewed to explore their abuse exposure during the past 12 months (last year).

Measures include the following: Abuse (Psychological, Physical, Injury, Sexual, financial); Abuse chronicity (frequency of acts: 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 25 times); Abuse severity (minor, severe acts); Depression and anxiety (HADS scale: high scores correspond to high depression/anxiety levels);  Somatic symptoms (GBB scale: the higher the scores, the more one is affected); Social support (MSPSS scale: from family, significant others, and friends; high scores correspond to high perceived social support); Alcohol use and smoking (yes/no format); Demographics/socio-economics (country, age, marital status, ethnic background; educational level; still on work; current or past main profession; main source of financial support; with whom the participants lived; and number of people at home including the respondent); Financial strain (concerns with how to make ends meet); Foreign (whether the participants were migrants or indigenous inhabitants). Finally, perpetrator variables were assessed in form of sex (women/men) and relation to the victim (e.g. spouse/cohabitant, children/grandchildren, other relatives, friends, neighbors) in a yes/no format.

The dataset is provided in open format (xlsx) and includes 3 sheets: “numeric” regarding the unlabelled dataset used for statistics elaboration; “labelled” regarding labelled dataset with variables and related labelled items; and “var. list” regarding the complete variables list and variables labels we used.


EAHC (currently CHAFEA) Public Health Programme 2008–2010, Award: 2007123