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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