Abuse and Neglect of Older Women: A Study of Old Age Home Residents of Assam


  • Basobi Patir Ph.D. Research Scholar, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, India.




Insecurity, Perception, Biological Identity, Role models, Stereotyping


The present study deals with the abuse and neglect of elderly women residing in the old age home of Assam. 50 elderly women were randomly selected from five old age homes located in five districts of Assam for this study. A semi-structured interview schedule with both open and closed questions was used to collect data. The findings of the study revealed that elderly women were compelled to reside in old age homes because of the abusive behavior of their children or family members. Elderly women mostly experience emotional abuse, abandonment, financial abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Most of the abusers were son & daughter-in-law. Majority of the widow stated that they were considered a burden by their children or family members. The elderly who are financially independent experience abuse for not dividing or giving away their property to their children. Married elderly mostly experience spousal violence even in their later age. Unmarried and separated or divorced elderly stated accommodation as their main reason for abuse. Elderly women in the aged of 80 and above or elderly women who have health problems mainly consider health to be their main reason for abuse.

Author Biography

Basobi Patir, Ph.D. Research Scholar, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, India.

Basobi Patir received her Master of Arts degree and Master of Philosophy from Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, India. She is pursuing in Ph.D. (Sociology) from Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam, India. She has qualified NET.


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How to Cite

Patir, B. (2023). Abuse and Neglect of Older Women: A Study of Old Age Home Residents of Assam. RESEARCH REVIEW International Journal of Multidisciplinary, 8(1), 41–50. https://doi.org/10.31305/rrijm.2023.v08.n01.008