Existing research focuses largely on the scope of financial exploitation and elder fraud in the United States, as well as the health, cognitive, social, and contextual risk factors of victimization. Relatively few studies have focused on developing and testing social work interventions to prevent and resolve these growing social problems.
In this roundtable discussion, each presenter will briefly provide examples from his or her own research and personal/professional experiences to help begin a broader discussion among the attendees, prompting them to contribute intervention ideas from other fields such as intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse. Attendees will be encouraged to introduce their own examples or raise concerns about the ethical and practical limitations that impede robust intervention studies. The goal is to conclude the session with a list of promising intervention approaches to be explored along with ethical and logistical considerations to address in studying these interventions.
First the roundtable will focus on promising ideas for intervention research. Roundtable presenters will share approaches used to address other forms of abuse such as elder mistreatment and IPV, and how these approaches might inform interventions for financial crimes targeting older adults. They will provide examples from their own research and practice, including metrics used to evaluate intervention success, and open the floor to attendees to share novel ideas. Next, the presenters will discuss potential logistical issues related to identifying victims for recruitment, randomization into treatment conditions, working with adult protective services and other first responders to implement study protocols, and obtaining research funding.
Finally, the roundtable presenters will provide examples of ethical issues that may arise in financial victimization research, such as obtaining consent from victimsâ€”many of whom have cognitive impairment, ensuring privacy and confidentiality, and working with IRBs. The roundtable is targeted to social work researchers with extensive experience in aging issues, new investigators who are beginning their research careers, and researchers from adjacent fields who have insights to contribute to elder financial exploitation and fraud victim research.