The Chair began its work on the conceptual clarification of older adult bullying and mistreatment in summer 2014, at the time when the Chair participated in the Anti-Bullying Forum held by the Government of Québec. Since then, its work has undergone several knowledge transfers. First, a public submission was posted on the website of the Ministry of Family in 2014, and an article was published in the Service social journal of the Université Laval in 2016. The Chair also received more than a dozen invitations to make presentations on this topic throughout Québec.

With the Concerted Action Plan to Prevent and Counter Bullying, a growing number of organizations tackled the issue of older adult bullying. In order to get an opinion on their practices regarding bullying and to clarify them, based on what they have already done to counter mistreatment, some organizations contacted the Chair to learn more about its work on bullying. This context implicitly allows to test the Chair’s theoretical material regarding conceptual clarification between mistreatment and bullying. In order to better link the concerns of older adults and practitioners to the ones stated in the scientific work, teamwork is necessary.

With the aim of developing a common language for bullying, the Chair decided to call a meeting with its major practitioner partners in order to engage a dialogue with them. This is how the working group on bullying was created. This group comprises the Chair, 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. This working group will meet on an ad hoc basis in order to pursue the work on the conceptual clarification. To learn more about this first meeting, see the article entitled: September 6, 2016- Working Seminar on the Conceptual Clarification of Bullying that was published in the Seminars section of the Chair’s website.

Please also note that the Chair is currently developing a new tab called "Bullying" and it will be integrated into its website. Its aim will be to showcase the work of the Chair and the working group on the topic of bullying.

This tab will be online this fall. Stay tuned!

In situation of emergency

If you witness or are victim of a mistreatment situation and wish to obtain information or help, please contact the Elder Abuse Help Line (for Quebec residents).

1 888 489-ABUS (2287)

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Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults
Research Centre on Aging – CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS
1036, Belvédère Sud
Sherbrooke (Québec)
J1H 4C4

Telephone : 1 819 780-2220, extension 45621

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