This section provides easier access to the Chair’s major research projects on older adult bullying, as well as the latest knowledge. You will find a brief overview on the progress of our work and the context in which it is applied, as well as a short presentation of each project. Our publications and the tools we have developed will be made available where possible.


Progress of the Chair’s work on older adult bullying

The Chair’s work began in 2014, following an invitation to attend the Anti-Bullying Forum. We first documented the older bullying phenomenon as well as to clarify its conceptualization based on the current gains made in countering mistreatment of older adults.

In November 2015, the implementation of the Concerted Action Plan to Prevent and Counter Bullying 2015-2018 (PACI) provided a framework but also diversified our work on this phenomenon. In fact, the Chair has been identified as a partner in achieving two measures: 

The Chair currently leads three projects dealing with older adult bullying and aims at addressing each measure. By clicking on the project titles, you will have access to the detailed description and find more information on each of them.

One project resulting from measure 3.16:

Two projects resulting from measure 5.2:

A fourth project led by a student from the Chair can also address another PACI’s measure, although this one is not aimed specifically at older adults. It is the doctoral thesis of Marie-Ève Bédard and is entitled: Seniors’ rights: How the users' committees (UCs) in Quebec's health and social services centres (CSSS) cope with situations of mistreatment against older adults that are brought to their attention. In her thesis, Marie-Ève has the opportunity to study several situations of mistreatment of older adults encountered by the Users’ Committee. Some of the situations also showed signs of bullying. Although it is not the subject of her thesis, Marie-Ève initiated the drafting of a scientific article aiming at analyzing these situations of mistreatment from the bullying perspective.

Finally, in order to harmonize all the work carried out on bullying, a working committee was set up within the Chair. Thanks to this committee, key members who are working on projects related to bullying can exchange on the knowledge developed in their respective fields. The aim of this committee is also to reflect on the connections made between the work achieved for mistreatment and for bullying.


Knowledge developed by the Chair’s regarding older adult bullying 

Poster: Bullying (B) as a Strategy of Mistreatment (M) Among Older Adults: A study Submitted to Users’ Committees (In French Only)

This poster was presented by Marie-Ève Bédard during the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) that took place in Montreal from October 20 to 22, 2016.


Poster: Mistreatment and Bullying Experienced by Older Adults : A systematic Literature Review

This poster was presented by Caroline Pelletier during the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) that took place in Montreal from October 20 to 22, 2016.

The project is in the data collection stage. No written document has been published for now. This project will result in a practice guide intended for community organizations.


Essay:  Older Adult Cyber-Bullying: State of Knowledge and Exploring New Lines of Actions  (In French only) (Read english abstract)

In June 2016, Marika Lussier-Therrien completed her essay in the framework of her master’s degree in Social Work, under the direction of Marie Beaulieu. The aim of her essay is to outline the state of knowledge on older adult cyber-bullying and to explore new lines of actions based on a literature review as well as with interviews conducted with key actors.


 Brief: Older adult bullying (In French only)

The Chair has submitted this brief to the Ministry of Family in November 2014, following the Anti-Bullying Forum. It first introduces the state of knowledge on older adult bullying on the basis of a literature review and initiates a conceptual clarification between bullying and mistreatment. Then it outlines the Chair’s position on prevention and intervention avenues, as well as how to support actors committed to countering bullying.

Article: Older Adult Bullying: A Social Issue Related to Mistreatment? (In French only)

The Chair has published this article in the special issue on Bullying of the Université Laval’s Service social journal. It aims at deepening the conceptual clarification between bullying and mistreatment that was previously initiated in the brief by using actual situations. The main results were recorded in a summary table (In french only). To access the full article (In French only) , you must search through the Érudit data bank:

Bullying working committee

In order to continue the work on the conceptual clarification between bullying and mistreatment, the Chair has established a working committee on bullying that comprises active partners in countering mistreatment and bullying: the Ligne Aide Abus Aînés (Elder Abuse Help Line), the cutting-edge practice to counter mistreatment of older adults of the university-affiliated centre of social gerontology of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal and DIRA-Estrie.