This book explores the diversity of methodological approaches to researching ageing, considering which methodological paradigm best captures the phenomenon. Interdisciplinary in scope, it brings together research from scholars from Austria, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Poland, UK and USA to uncover the conditions under which qualitative and quantitative approaches to research on ageing can best be reconciled and rendered complementary. Presenting international reflection on methods for studying old age from a variety of research backgrounds, Researching Ageing showcases the latest research in the field and will appeal to scholars across the social sciences, including sociology, demography, psychology, economics and geography, with interests in gerontology, ageing and later life.
Table of Contents
Part I: Peculiarity of research on ageing in the context of other research areas
1. Older adults – terra incognita?
2. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to ageing and gerontology
Angus McMurtry and Jenny Sasser
3. Self-report measures of ageism in the workplace: a scoping review
Martine Lagacé, Najat Firzly and Alura Zhang
4. Investigate population ageing using national transfer accounts: new economic age profiles for Canada and France
Marcel Mérette and Julien Navaux
5. Protection of the fundamental rights of older adults – methodological perspective of administrative and legal research
6. The ethics of research on old age
Part II: Research approaches to ageing
7. Co-design the ingenuity of ageing: a cultural model of ageing through design thinking
8. The life course perspective in social gerontology
9. Considerations when using longitudinal statistical models to study ageing
Annie Robitaille and Graciela Muniz Terrera
10. Quantitative and qualitative interviews in older people research: specificity and usability of the research tool
11. Conducting research on ageing in the space of sensitive issues – as exemplified by domestic violence against the elderly
Małgorzata Halicka and Jerzy Halicki
12. Age(ing) and things – methodological perspectives
13. The solo cross-national researcher of long-term care systems for older people
Henglien Lisa Chen
Part III: Implementation as the main purpose of ageing research
14. Current challenges in ageing population health intervention research: illlustration with the case of the SoBeezy program
Linda Cambon, François Alla and Karine Pérès
15. Supporting empowerment of elderly persons with multiple chronic conditions: evidence for sustainable practice improvement
Elise Verot and Alexandra Lelia Dima
16. Promotion of physical activity among older adults: is social marketing an effective method?
Luc Goethals, Nathalie Barth, David Hupin, Frederic Roche, Karine Gallopel-Morvan and Bienvenu Bongue
17. Preserving autonomy and quality of life of the elderly: the contribution of French gerontopoles
Nathalie Barth, Clara Pizzolo, Solène Dorier, Régis Gonthier and Thomas Célarier
18. Measuring caregivers’ perceived work-based stress in nursing homes for the elderly – a concept considering residents suffering from dementia
Daniela Wetzelhütter, Katrin Hasengruber, Renate Kränzl-Nagl and Tina Ortner
19. Application of the five-phase model for dyadic analysis in qualitative research to relationships between older Israeli bereaved mothers and their daughters-in-law
Einav Segev and Yael Hochman
Part IV: Older adults as the source of knowledge
20. Older people as peer researchers in ageing research: nuisance or necessity?
Ke Chen, Justin Chun Ting Cheung, Joy Juan Wang and Vivian Wei Qun Lou
21. Including participants who cannot communicate in research on ageing?
Linda J. Garcia and Louise Bélanger-Hardy
22. Exploring the life experiences of less-educated rural older adults: challenges and the possible solution — life story interviews
Shirly HZ Chen and Vivian Wei Qun Lou
23. Senior-oriented empirical research in nursing homes for the elderly: experiences from Austria
Renate Kränzl-Nagl and Daniela Wetzelhütter
24. A critical reflection on Photovoice applied in exploring the lived experience and needs of male caregivers
Frances Lu Yang, Vivian Wei Qun Lou and Carman Ka-Man To
25. Recapitulation: ageing research on highways and byways of methodology
Maria Łuszczyńska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Work, the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland.