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Proposing a Bioecological Framework for Elder Abuse in India

Elder abuse is a documented issue around the world. India is no exception. Abuse in older adults is associated with significant increase in emergency department usage, hospitalisation, dementia and depression. An abused elder has a threefold higher risk of death. Nevertheless, elder abuse is ill defined, understudied and underreported. Concepts of elder abuse developed in Western contexts are difficult to generalise to the widely varying contexts of India. This article proposes a framework to study and theorise elder abuse in India. The proposed framework is based on the bioecological systems theory. The article aims to facilitate identification of elder abuse and stimulate discussion around this grave yet neglected issue in care of older adults in India.


Women’s Unpaid Work

Mainstreaming Unpaid Work: Time Use Data in Developing Policies edited by Indira Hirway, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017; pp 430, ₹ 1,195.


Child Malnutrition in Rajasthan

Remote parts of southern Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Dungarpur, Banswara and Rajsamand are characterised by a predominance of tribal groups and a high prevalence of unskilled, male, seasonal outmigration. A study conducted in these parts in 2014 shows high levels of malnutrition among children in this region. It also discusses how socio-economic characteristics translate into severe resource limitations at the household level, primarily in the availability of nutritious food. Mothers are faced by time and energy constraints in providing adequate care to young ones, especially in migrant households. Normalisation of malnutrition in community perception, rooted in the structural deprivations experienced by these communities, further entrenches the problem. The study argues that implementing local solutions and adopting strategic policy reforms can offset these constraints to child nutrition in such tribal areas.

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