Understanding Culture and the Mistreatment of Elders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This updated course explores the mistreatment of African American, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander elders.  Research briefs examine how different cultures perceive elder mistreatment and how they seek help.  Cultural beliefs, views, and norms are highlighted, along with research findings.  The course identifies, risk factors, protective factors, and proposed interventions.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.

Participants who complete this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours. 1 of these clock hours is Ethics and 1 of these clock hours is Social and Cultural Competence.

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Course Reading:  Mistreatment of African American Elders; Mistreatment of Latinx Older Adults; Mistreatment of Asian American and Pacific Islander Elders; Mistreatment of Chinese Elders; Mistreatment of Korean Elders

Publisher:  National Center on Elder Abuse- Research to Practice; Administration on Aging

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring key issues related to culture and the mistreatment of elders.

Learning Objectives:  Describe how different cultures perceive elder abuse and how they seek help.  Identify cultural norms and core values for African American, Latinx, and AAPI communities.  Identify risk and protective factors for different groups.

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Course Available Until: December 31, 2025.

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1: African American populations may be __________ likely to view situations as abusive when compared to other ethnic groups.
2: Which of the following is not considered a protective factor for African American elders?
3: More often, African American elders prefer to utilize ______________ networks of support that have attained community acceptance.
4: Which theory best describes when caregivers become resentful of dependent elders and believe that they are inadequately compensated for the care provided?
5: Which Latinx term describes shame, embarrassment, or humiliation?
6: Which Latinx term describes matriarchy; a household lead by a female role; femininity; family caretaker?
7: In many Latinx cultures, ___________ is emphasized.
8: Which is the largest Latino population subgroup in the US?
9: Which type of abuse was most reported among Latinx older adults?
10: Latino elders often do not identify ___________ as a form of mistreatment.
11: In many AAPI cultures, the __________ is emphasized, which can affect an elder's willingness to report abuse.
12: Which is the most commonly reported form of elder abuse in the AAPI community?
13: Asian Americans trace their roots to more than _____________ countries in East and Southeast Asia and athe Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, language, and other characteristics.
14: Which of the following best describes filial piety?
15: AAPI elders are more likely to use ____________ as their primary source of help.
16: AAPI older adults reported that they were least likely to contact APS for
17: A study of Vietnamese elders found that victims hesitate to ask for help for fear of
18: As Korean parents age, ___________ especially are expected to care for the parents physically, emotionally, and financially in a willing manner.
19: For Thai elders, ____________ elders were perceived as particularly at high risk of neglect and financial exploitation due to their lower social status, especially if widowed.

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 cultural competence continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.