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A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing$
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Diana Kuh, Rachel Cooper, Rebecca Hardy, Marcus Richards, and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656516.001.0001

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

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

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A Life Course Approach to Healthy Ageing
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JD Carpentieri

Jane Elliott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656516.003.0009

The use of narrative methods within the sociology of health and illness is now well established. This type of qualitative approach allows for a focus on subjective experiences and for an understanding of the experiences of ill-health and disability from an individual, or lay, perspective. However, there is still relatively little work that uses qualitative and quantitative methods in tandem to understand more about wellbeing, capability, and the ageing process. This chapter describes the collection of qualitative biographical interviews with a subsample of individuals, from well-established longitudinal cohort studies, and provides narrative case studies of three individuals with very different experiences of ageing to provide insights into the heterogeneity of the ageing process.

Keywords:   narrative, qualitative, case studies, NSHD, HCS, narrative gerontology

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