Older people and 'active ageing': subjective aspects of ageing actively

Stenner, Paul, McFarquhar, Tara and Bowling, Ann (2011) Older people and 'active ageing': subjective aspects of ageing actively. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, (3), 467-477. (doi:10.1177/1359105310384298). (PMID:21224334).


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Following a critical overview of the active ageing concept, a thematic decomposition of 42 transcribed interviews with British people aged 72 years and over indicates that active ageing is understood in relation to physical, cognitive, psychological and social factors, but that these co-exist in complex combinations. The notion of activity in active ageing is grasped in relation to an active/passive distinction which emphasizes the enhancement or diminishment of concrete powers of activity. A ‘challenge and response’ framework is suggested for future research on active ageing.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/1359105310384298
ISSNs: 1359-1053 (print)
Keywords: activity, affect, age, qualitative methods, critical health psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 337574
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2011Published
11 January 2011Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2012 15:46
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/337574

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