Marie Clark 10/27/2019 SOC 220 Vulnerable Populations There are several social problems that impact vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people who are racial or ethnic minorities, children, elderly, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or those with certain medical conditions. Three populations that will discussed are children, the elderly, and persons with mental illnesses. Social problems are defined as, “an issue that relates to society's perception of people's personal lives. Different societies have different perceptions and what may be "normal" behavior in one society may be a significant social issue in another society. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues” Elder abuse is defined as “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder.” (Watson, 2013) An example of which would be a caregiver that deceives an elder into giving them power of attorney under the guise of trustworthiness only to later drain all of their financial accounts. CNBC reported that elders regardless of their income are all at risk of financial abuse. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau discovered between 2013-2017, “Seniors scammed by strangers lost an average of $17,000, while those who were ripped off by someone they know lost an average of $50,200.” (Epperson, 2019)
Another highly vulnerable population would be children. From birth children are dependent on others to provide are care for them. This dependence places the young at considerable risk of being discriminated against or exploited.
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