Conducting longitudinal research with older widows: Exploring personal communities through multiple methods

Collins, Tracy (2017) Conducting longitudinal research with older widows: Exploring personal communities through multiple methods. Journal of Women & Aging, 29 (2). pp. 102-114. ISSN 0895-2841

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Abstract

This article reports on the process of undertaking a longitudinal multiple methods study with older women experiencing the transition of later-life widowhood. Three qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 26 older widows in North Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Interviews included the use of personal community diagrams to identify the structure of personal communities and Christmas and Christmas cards to further explore social relationships and practices during transition. Examples of cases are given to illustrate the findings derived from the methods employed. The cases demonstrate the diverse and often paradoxical nature of social relationships within similar networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: older women, research design, social support, widowhood
Subjects: L500 Social Work
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 13:04
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 22:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32611

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