Title

Perceptions of Elder Physical Abuse in the Courtroom: The Influence of Hearsay Witness Testimony

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

A community sample of 226 participants (41% men, 59% women) who answered questions about a trial summary that manipulated what type of witness (a 45-year-old hearsay [second-hand information based on the report of a crime victim] witness, a 75-year-old hearsay witness, or the 75-year-old victim) presented an allegation of elder physical abuse. Overall, participants who read the testimony of a 45-year-old hearsay witness had higher conviction rates than participants who read the testimony of the 75-year-old hearsay witness or the elder victim. Additionally, participants who had previously been victims of abuse and/or who had positive attitudes toward elderly people rendered more pro-prosecution verdicts. Finally, as the age of the participant increased so did conviction rates.

Journal

Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Journal ISSN

1540-4129

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

19

Last Page

39

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1300/J084v19n03_02