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Conducting longitudinal research with older women: the benefits and challenges

Collins, T Conducting longitudinal research with older women: the benefits and challenges , in: British Society of Gerontology 42nd Annual Conference, 11-13 September 2013, Keble College, University of Oxford. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the process of undertaking a longitudinal study with older women experiencing the transition of later life widowhood. A series of three qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted over a period of eighteen months, August 2004-February 2006, with twenty-six older widows, 62-90 years of age, in the area of North Staffordshire, United Kingdom (UK). First, the theoretical and methodological reasons for adopting a longitudinal approach with this cohort are outlined. Second, the advantages of the research design, including the unfolding of expected and unexpected events, as well as the disadvantages, including the various reasons for attrition, are discussed. Finally, strategies for successfully engaging research participants over a prolonged period of time are considered.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: T Collins
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 11:13
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 11:13
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33447

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