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Unit 2

Common Characteristics of Abusive Caregivers

  • Substance Abuse

  • Ongoing mental illness or emotional problems

  • Lack of caregiver experience

  • Reluctance of caregiver

  • History of abuse - more common in families with established patterns or histories of violent behavior.

  • Dependency - often the caregiver is dependent on the elder for financial support.

  • Very friendly and helpful.

  • Personality traits including:

    • Exhibiting hypercritical and impatient behavior

    • Displaying unsympathetic attitude toward the needs of others

    • Blaming the elderly person for caregiving problems

    • Having an unrealistic view of caregiving and lack the understanding of what the adult needs

    • Loss of self-control

    • Feeling of losing their independence


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