Older people’s perspectives on dignity: the benefits and challenges of a qualitative longitudinal approach to researching experiences of later life

Lloyd, Liz and Calnan, Michael .W. and Cameron, Ailsa and Seymour, Jane and Smith, Randall and White, Kate (2017) Older people’s perspectives on dignity: the benefits and challenges of a qualitative longitudinal approach to researching experiences of later life. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, . pp. 1-12. ISSN 1364-5579. E-ISSN 1464-5300. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2016.1275369) (Full text available)

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Abstract

This article discusses findings from a qualitative longitudinal study of dignity in later life, which focused on the perspectives of older people at a time when their need for help and support was increasing as a result of long-term illness. It reflects critically on the methodology for its ability to generate knowledge about this eventful and unstable period of the life-course. It is argued that a longitudinal qualitative approach provides the optimum conditions for researching older people’s perspectives on their health and illness as well as on their experiences of being helped and supported. It sheds light on the changes they faced in their relationships, their home environments and their daily lives as well as how they dealt with these changes while maintaining their dignity

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Qualitative longitudinal methods, ageing, lifecourse, change, continuity, precariousness, perseverance
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 11:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 23:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60763 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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