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Researching Ageing Methodological Challenges and their Empirical Background

Edited By Maria Łuszczyńska Copyright 2020
    368 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.


    Part I: Peculiarity of research on ageing in the context of other research areas

    1. Older adults – terra incognita?

    Zbigniew Woźniak

    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

    Anna Szafranek

    6. The ethics of research on old age

    Maria Łuszczyńska

    Part II: Research approaches to ageing

    7. Co-design the ingenuity of ageing: a cultural model of ageing through design thinking

    Yanki Lee

    8. The life course perspective in social gerontology

    Barbara Szatur-Jaworska

    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

    Piotr Czekanowski

    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

    Carolin Kollewe

    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

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    Maria Luszczynska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Work, the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland.