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Scandalous care:interpreting public enquiry reports of scandals in residential care

Clough, Roger (1999) Scandalous care:interpreting public enquiry reports of scandals in residential care. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 10 (1-2). pp. 13-27. ISSN 1540-4129

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Abstract

This article reviews an earlier study written for the Wagner Committee (1988) on scandals in residential care. That review was based on a study of ten enquiry reports, only two of which were about homes for older people. The main events that were described are grouped as: institutionalised practices, indifference and neglect, physical cruelty, humiliation, too authoritarian a life-style, a dull and depressing life-style, an overcrowded and run down environment, disharmony amongst the staff team, and staff misappropriating goods or money. Now, more weight should be given to: residents’ abuse of residents and of staff, an improper influence on the life-style of others, and sexual abuse. Explanations proposed are: structural, environmental, and individual and worker style. Abuse is considered in the context of the nature of direct care and the acts of intimate caring of others.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 19794
Deposited By: Mrs Janet Harris
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2008 15:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 00:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19794

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