Qualitative research design is continually evolving. It is not only more established in disciplines beyond the traditional social sciences in which it is a standard choice, but also just as impacted by the changes in what data, technologies, and approaches researchers are using. This Handbook takes readers through the foundational theories, functions, strategies, and approaches to qualitative research design, before showcasing how it negotiates different data and research environments and produces credible, actionable impact beyond the study. Containing contributions from over 90 top scholars from a range of social science disciplines, this Handbook is not just an anthology of different qualitative research designs and how/when to use them; it is a complete exploration of how and why these designs are shaped and how, why, and into what they are evolving. This is a valuable resource for Master's and PhD level students, faculty members, and researchers across a wide range of disciplines such as health, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and education. Volume One: Part I: Concepts of Designing Designs in Qualitative Research; Part 2: Theories and Epistemological Contexts of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 3: Elements of Designing Qualitative Research; Part 4: Basic Designs and Research Strategies in Qualitative Research; and Part 5: Mixing Methods in Designing Qualitative Research. Volume Two: Part 6: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Kinds of Data; Part 7: Designing Qualitative Online and Multimodal Research; Part 8: Designing Qualitative Research for Specific Groups and Areas; Part 9: Designing Qualitative Research in Disciplinary Fields; and Part 10: Designing Qualitative Research for Impact.

Chapter 57: Designing Qualitative Research with the Elderly

Designing Qualitative Research with the Elderly

Designing qualitative research with the elderly
Irina Catrinel Crăciun


The last decades have witnessed an impressive increase of the ageing population around the globe. According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2015), it is estimated that the proportion of the world's population aged over 60 will reach 2 billion by 2050. Such unprecedented demographic transformations have triggered both positive and negative responses. On the one hand, living longer opens up novel possibilities for older persons and for policy makers to develop interventions to ‘fill the years with life’ (WHO, 2002). On the other hand, the elderly population is often regarded as a ‘threat’ to health and pension systems (Stephens and Breheny, 2018). Both approaches imply ...

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