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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 1, 2004

Intergenerational violence as a response to changes in the post-modern society
Ksenija Ramovš

The article deals with intergenerational violence in the light of the changes in the post-modern society. The author defines and describes violence of elderly people over youngsters and the opposite - the violence of youngsters over elderly people and strengthens the cognitions with practical examples. The results of the pilot case study "The violence of youngsters over elderly people" are as well described in this article. The last part of the article describes some of the techniques of neutralisation at violent actions: denial of the responsibility and damage, denial that the action was wrong, call for greater loyalty, accusation of those who impose the rules.

Key words: intergenerational violence, elderly, youngsters, post-modern society, techniques of neutralisation

It is happening to her and to many others. It shouldn’t. - A study on elder abuse in Slovenia.
Simona Hvalič Touzery, Polona Felicijan

Elder abuse is very poorly researched in Slovenia. This study is one of the first of the kind in Slovenia. The results described in this article confirm some cognitions of foreign researchers and offer to the readers some new information. The authors describe in detail the risk factors that potentially lead to elder abuse, they present a profile of abused and abusers, describe the forms of abuses and their frequency and briefly describe abuses in home environment and in institutions.

Key words: elder abuse, elderly people, research study

Evaluation of security alarm system for elderly
Mateja Nagode, Zinka Kolarič in Valentina Hlebec

The authors present and discuss the role of Life-Line telephone system or telephone with red button as a technological device that enables elderly to extend independent living at home and to access social security services needed for everyday living. Firstly, welfare systems for elderly in Europe are presented and classified, followed by description of Slovenian model of welfare system. The main part of the article consists of results of two evaluations done in 1995 and 2001 in Ljubljana, and discussion of the future role of the Life-Line telephone system. Both evaluations shows that this system is very helpful for ensuring necessary services for elderly (mostly over 80 years old) with serious health problems that want to live at home. Since costs for maintaining the round the clock security system are by far not provided by users several options for sustaining and developing the security system are discussed. It seems that expansion from local-municipal centers toward regional centers could ensure enough users to cover most costs needed to ensure continuous functioning of the system and services.

Key-words: welfare systems for elderly, elderly, Life-Line telephone system, users, survey data

The role of professional help in detabooisation of death
Lidija Umek

The article deals with grieving after the death of the closest relatives and shows in what way people respond to losses. The difference between those who had professional help while grieving and those who didn't have it, is explored. The focus is as well on detabooisation of death and dying. The author's study has shown that the way people deal with death and loss has an important impact on them. Many times it is easier for a person who lost somebody to push aside grieving, not deal with the loss and not accept it, to live as if nothing happened, preoccupy oneself with work etc. However, this way a person carries all her life the hidden grief, looses quality of life, and even increases her taboo of death. That is why the professional help is of a great importance. It helps individuals to discover the ways to deal with a loss, and breaks the taboo.

Key words: death, dying, grieving, help to mourner, detabooisation of death

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