A mezzo-level intervention for the socio-legal problems of an aging population
Rossiter, Carol Frances
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The purpose of this study is to better understand who uses the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline (GSLH), an existing statewide senior legal telephone hotline, which serves a specifically targeted group, Georgia residents, age 60 and older. The study utilizes secondary data and was implemented with a correlational research design. The research analysis was performed in two parts. First, univariate, parametric, and nonparametric data analyses provide a foundational description of all of the cases opened over a six-year period (N=21624) with attention to whether the annual aggregates of case entries vary from year to year. Logistic regression analysis was subsequently employed with nine binary variables from a sample of cases (N= 5485). The variables were analyzed for their predictive and descriptive values relative 1) to legal service delivery in terms of length of service and level of service, and 2) to the most commonly presented legal problem categories. Finally, the incidence/proportion of legal hotline use by vulnerable seniors (as indicated by four variables) was compared with the incidence and proportions of those variables in the Georgia senior population as a whole. This final comparative analysis was logically consistent with the service mandates under the 1965 Older Americans Act and its subsequent amendments, which prioritize access to legal assistance for vulnerable seniors.