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A Phenomenological Study on the Experiences of the Elderly Abused by Their Children

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2019, 15(12), pp.77-95
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2019.15.12.77
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : October 20, 2019
  • Accepted : December 18, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

Mi Kyoung Kwon 1 nam sangin 1 Mi Sun Joung 1 Kim Eun-Mi 1

1순천향대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to understand the essence and meaning of the experiences of the elderly abused by their adult children. This is a phenomenological study based on in-depth interviews conducted with six elderly people who had experience in being abused by their adult children. The research questions include: (a) what are the experiences of the elderly abused by their adult children? and (b) what is the essence of their experiences? This study derived 11 components and 5 essential themes such as “hollow gesture toward child”, “a stitch in time saves nine”, “parent’s heart toward child, anyway”, “bridle not be able to be free from, child”, and “hope like a scrap of thread”. The results of this study provoked social attention and provided practical suggestions for the abused elderly based on the knowledge of their experiences, along with the implication for future research.

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