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Romance Scam Research Center

2014: US: Correlates of Susceptibility to Scams in Older Adults Without Dementia

Bryan D. James Phd bryan_james@rush.edu , Patricia A. Boyle Phd & David A. Bennett Md (2014) Correlates of Susceptibility to Scams in Older Adults Without Dementia, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 26:2, 107-122, DOI: 10.1080/08946566.2013.821809


Abstract: "This study examined correlates of susceptibility to scams in 639 community-dwelling older adults without dementia from a cohort study of aging. Regression models adjusted for age, sex, education, and income were used to examine associations between susceptibility to scams, measured by a five-item self-report measure, and a number of potential correlates. Susceptibility was positively associated with age and negatively associated with income, cognition, psychological well-being, social support, and literacy. Fully adjusted models indicated that older age and lower levels of cognitive function, decreased psychological well-being, and lower literacy in particular may be markers of susceptibility to financial victimization in old age."

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