FIGURE 2-4 Elder mistreatment and adjacent domains of research and policy.

cated, in part because the relevant concepts are poorly developed, and in part because researchers’ aims vary widely across studies. Operationalization answers questions such as: “How do we measure this or that aspect of mistreatment?” or “How will we know whether we should count this as a case of mistreatment?” Ideally, operationalization leads to the development of a set of criteria for answering this question and a process by which these criteria can be applied in the field—the measurement method.



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