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Publication - Professor Liz Lloyd

    Older people’s perspectives on dignity

    the benefits and challenges of a qualitative longitudinal approach to researching experiences of later life

    Citation

    Lloyd, L, Calnan, M, Cameron, A, Seymour, J, Smith, R & White, K, 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, vol 20., pp. 647-658

    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.

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