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J Elder Abuse Negl. 2016;28(1):14-33. doi: 10.1080/08946566.2015.1078760. Epub 2015 Aug 18.

Financial decision-making abilities and financial exploitation in older African Americans: Preliminary validity evidence for the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale (LFDRS).

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a Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University , Detroit , Michigan , USA.

Abstract

This study examines preliminary evidence for the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale (LFDRS), a new person-centered approach to assessing capacity to make financial decisions, and its relationship to self-reported cases of financial exploitation in 69 older African Americans. More than one third of individuals reporting financial exploitation also had questionable decisional abilities. Overall, decisional ability score and current decision total were significantly associated with cognitive screening test and financial ability scores, demonstrating good criterion validity. Study findings suggest that impaired decisional abilities may render older adults more vulnerable to financial exploitation, and that the LFDRS is a valid tool.

KEYWORDS:

Assessment; financial capacity; financial exploitation

PMID:
26285038
PMCID:
PMC4740256
DOI:
10.1080/08946566.2015.1078760
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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