Law Enforcement Knowledge of Elder Laws and Beliefs about Aging

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Identifier 2010_Cupello
Title Law Enforcement Knowledge of Elder Laws and Beliefs about Aging
Creator Cupello, Michael Scott
Subject Law Enforcement; Police; Ageism; Prejudice; Jurisprudence; Social Support; Attitude; Stereotyped Behavior; Vulnerable Populations; Crisis Intervention; Education; Questionnaires; Age Distribution; Data Collection; Aging Populations; Elder Laws; Taining Programs
Description As agencies of last resort, police officers o f today are often called upon to serve as both counselor and gatekeeper to an array o f social services for older adults. Unfortunately, there is little to no training available to law enforcement as to what aging resources are available, how to access them, or the referral processes. Furthermore, the scarcity of research on the knowledge base of first responders or biases they may hold makes designing appropriate training curricula problematic. Utilizing a survey that included Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz, I examined Salt Lake area law enforcement officers' attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge of aging. By correlating these findings with demographic characteristics including experiences in law enforcement, I was able to show officers across all demographic variables have very little understanding of aging and the aging process. Overall, the sample of officers demonstrated age bias and low comprehension of laws specific to older persons. The knowledge base of officers was found to be similar to that of social workers, health-care providers, and college students. These findings suggest training protocols need to be augmented or instituted to both debunk many aging stereotypes and better prepare officers to respond to the needs of those they serve.
Publisher Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Date 2010
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Michael Scott Cupello 2010
Holding Institution Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Scanning Technician sg
Metadata Cataloger AMT
Name Michael Scott Cupello
Type Text
ARK ark:/87278/s6dz36n1
Setname ehsl_gerint
Date Created 2013-01-28
Date Modified 2018-06-08
ID 179482
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dz36n1
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