Searchable Title

Financial Decision-Making Abilities and Financial Exploitation in Older African Americans: Preliminary Validity Evidence for the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale (LFDRS). Copyright: Taylor & Francis.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Lichtenberg, P. A.; Ficker, L. J.; Rahman-Filipiak, A.

Title, Section

Financial Decision-Making Abilities and Financial Exploitation in Older African Americans: Preliminary Validity Evidence for the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Rating Scale (LFDRS). Copyright: Taylor & Francis.

Publication Year

2016

Journal Title

Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Volume

28

Issue

1

Pages

14-33

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 26285038

DOI

10.1080/08946566.2015.1078760

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.

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