Mental Health, Physical Health and Other Individual Risk Factors for Elder Maltreatment: Findings from the National Study

  • Marijana Markovik Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
  • Dimitrinka Jordanova Peshevska World Health Organization, Country Office Skopje
  • Eleonora Serafimovska Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
  • Dinesh Sethi World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen
Keywords: risk factors on individual level, elderly maltreatment, private households.


OBJECTIVES: The first Macedonian National Prevalence study of elder maltreatment in private settings was conducted in 2011 and 2012. This article provides an overview of the risk factors on individual level regarding the ecological model of human development.

METHOD: The study involved 960 respondents who provided answers to a face-to-face survey questionnaire and a Geriatric Depression Scale.  The Mini-Mental State Examination test was used as a pre selection criterion. The achieved sample was weighted to be representative on the Macedonian population aged 65 and over.  

RESULTS: Being women, being married, with elementary school education, suffering from certain chronic diseases, sensory impairment, are potential risk factors on individual level for elderly Maltreatment.

CONCLUSION: The findings support the previous quantitative data obtained in other countries, as well as the concept of ecological framework.


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Markovik M, Jordanova Peshevska D, Serafimovska E, Sethi D. Mental Health, Physical Health and Other Individual Risk Factors for Elder Maltreatment: Findings from the National Study. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2014Jun.15 [cited 2020Oct.30];2(2):360-6. Available from:
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