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Understanding healthy ageing using a qualitative approach : The value of narratives and individual biographies

Carpentieri, Jd and Elliott, Jane (2013) Understanding healthy ageing using a qualitative approach : The value of narratives and individual biographies. In: A life course approach to healthy ageing. A life course approach to adult health . Oxford University Press. (In Press)

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Abstract

How can narrative methods be used in life course research on healthy ageing, and in what ways can they provide insights not available through quantitative data? How can qualitative and quantitative approaches to studies of the life course be combined in order to shed additional light on healthy ageing? These questions form the focus of this chapter, which draws on material from qualitative biographical interviews with members of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study (HCS), to provide narrative case histories. This chapter highlights the methodological value of such narratives when seeking to understand older people’s own experiences of health and ageing. It does so by first introducing key themes and concepts in narrative research, and then discussing those themes in relation to three individual case studies, each of which has been anonymized.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 13:52
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:53
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