Research Design in Aging and Social Gerontology

Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods
by Joyce Weil
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Series: Textbooks in Aging

Publication Date: February 24, 2017

ISBN: 9781315450148

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Research Design in Aging and Social Gerontology provides a review of methodological approaches and data-collection methods commonly used with older adults in real-life settings. It addresses the role of normative age-related sensory, cognitive, and functional changes, as well as the influence of generational cohort (age-period-cohort) upon each design. It discusses the role of older adults as true co-researchers; issues uniquely related to studies of persons residing in community-based, assisted, skilled, and memory-care settings; and ethical concerns related to cognitive status changes. The text concludes with detailed guidelines for improving existing data collection methods for older persons and selecting the best fitting methodologies for use in planning research on aging.

Features of Research Design in Aging and Social Gerontology include:

  • Descriptions and evaluations of a wide range of methodological approaches, and methods used to collect data about older persons (quantitative, qualitative, mixed, and emergent methods: photovoice, virtual environments, etc.)
  • Ways to match research questions to selection of method without a preconceived methodological preference or dominance
  • Real-world and applied examples along with cases from the gerontological literature
  • "How to" sections about reading output/software reports and qualitative-analysis screenshots (from ATLAS.ti) and quantitative (SPSS) output and interpretation
  • Pedagogical tools in every chapter such as text boxes, case studies, definitions of key terms, discussion questions, and references for further reading on chapter topics
  • Glossary of key terms, complete sample research report, and an overview of past methodological research design work in ...