Structural and Societal Abuse of Elderly Persons in Chile

By: Riveros Carolina   Angela Arenas   Sandra Alvear  

The central hypothesis of this investigation is that the legal, economic and social systems in Chile promote the structural abuse of elderly persons. The general objective of the research is to generate an instrument that allows us to measure the phenomenon of structural abuse. This instrument will contribute to improving the qualitative and quantitative planning of public policy by allowing the evaluation of the public policy through the application of this instrument. The proposal is based on the definition of structural abuse from the National Service of Elderly Persons (Servicio Nacional del Adulto Mayor, SENAMA Chile). The Structural Abuse Mutidimensional Index analyses the severe deprivations that each elderly person experiences simultaneously regarding economic, health, autonomy, and environment dimensions. The economic dimension contains the topics of performance in the labor market, pensions, access to the financial system, and material well-being. The health dimension addresses health systems and integrated care. The autonomy dimension contains the education level, leisure, and recreation and daily life activities. The environment dimension includes training and generational transfer, social participation, transport, and safety. The Structural Abuse Mutidimensional Index generates a comprehensive picture of elderly persons experiencing abuse. These characteristics allow the Structural Abuse Mutidimensional Index to be useful as an analytical tool to determine and diagnose the most at risk elderly persons. The study survey involves approximately four hundred people from Talca, Region de Maule and San JoaquĆ­n, Region Metropolitana, both in Chile.

Structural and societal abuse Elderly people Multidimensional index formulation
Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Riveros Carolina

Angela Arenas

reseacher, University of Talca, Chile

Sandra Alvear

researcher, University of Talca, Chile