"A study in gerontologic abusing" deals with a chapter in the rather closed from
out¬side observation area of private lives - current intrafamily relations studies
in Russia, with the conflicts stemming from abuses perpetrated against the older
age groups. Surveys done by the sociologist cover the situation in the Saratov oblast.
Resultant data permit to formulate typologies, assess the scale of the above phenomenon,
to draw preliminary social portraits both of the victims and perpetrators, and to
measure the influence of certain factors such as economic, emotional, medical, sexual
etc. A conclusion is made regar¬ding the growing de-humanization of the society
affecting arguably all the social groups of the present-day Russian society, a fact
calling for grater attention by the public.