PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER :
Sylvie Lapierre, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières
Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D., University of Sherbrooke
Micheline Dubé, Ph. D., University of Québec at Trois-Rivières
Lyson Marcoux, Ph. D., University of Québec at Trois-Rivières
Ginette Aubin, Ph. D., University of Québec at Trois-Rivières
CHAIR PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT:
GRANTING AGENCY AND GRANT AMOUNT:
Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV), $14 000
PROJECT COMPLETION DATES:
February 2014 to September 2015
ROLE OF CHAIR IN THE PROJECT:
Theoretical context, choice of measurement tools, contacts with people from various background for sampling, data analysis.
Regarding the prevalence rate of mistreatment against older adults (estimated 10 to 15% of seniors), it is important to develop and implement effective strategies for prevention and intervention (Ploeg’s tremendous et al., 2009). However, little is currently known about the effectiveness of interventions in the field of mistreatment against older adults because limited evaluative research has been done on the subject (Kalaga & Kingston, 2007; Ploeg’s tremendous et al., 2009; Stolee et al., 2012). Not only the number of studies on that topic is small, but most of them are descriptive and mostly focus on crisis interventions in order to reduce or stop violence (Ploeg’s tremendous et al., 2009). It would therefore be interesting to facilitate access to distal interventions which would allow mistreated seniors to regain control of their lives and promote their well-being after being freed from a situation of mistreatment.
GOAL OF THE PROJECT OR RESEARCH QUESTION:
The purpose of the study is to assess the impact of the program En route vers une vie plus heureuse (Heading toward a happier life) on the psychological well-being of older adults who have experienced mistreatment in the past and who now have the desire to regain control of their lives.
The objective of this research is to provide a program that promotes the psychological well-being and the improvement of the quality of life of older women who have been subjected to various forms of mistreatment in the past four years (financial, psychological or physical).
- Participants recruited by the CAVAC from the Mauricie region
- Sample of 14 women aged 65 years and over who experienced mistreatment to establish the experimental group
- The participants of the experimental group will complete all questionnaires twice (before and after the process)
- Sample of 14 women aged 65 years and over who have experienced mistreatment to establish the control group
- The participants of the control group will complete all questionnaires at the same time as the participants of the experimental group
- When participants in the experimental group will have completed the program, participants from the control group will be offered the opportunity to participate in the program if they wish to do so.
Considering major issues associated with recruitment for a group program with the CAVAC’s clientele from the Mauricie region, organizations from Montreal and Sherbrooke were contacted. Recruitment of participants for group activities will now be an individual data collection rather than participating in a program.