Invisible women: what can we learn about ageing from the voices of women ageing solo?

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: (2018) Invisible women: what can we learn about ageing from the voices of women ageing solo? In: Public Lecture hosted by The Department of Gender Studies In collaboration with The Department of Gerontology at University of Malta, 6 Septermber 2018, University of Malta. .

[img] PDF (Public Lecture Presentation slides ppt) - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Restricted to Repository staff and depositor only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution International.

Download (1MB) |
PDF (Flyer for Public Lecture University of Malta) - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Download (654kB) | Preview


Policy attention to ‘successful’ ageing has yet to take account of the impact of the rise in non-traditional family relationships. The focus of this presentation is on Solo women - women who are ‘not-partnered’, without children and who are aged 50 years and over. Little is known about the life trajectories of Solo women as they move into later life and there is a paucity of research seeking to understand their experiences of ageing, support networks, social connectedness and personal relationships. I will be drawing on selected findings from a study which explored the dynamics and issues impacting Solo women in later life using a range of methods. These included a literature review; demographic analysis, an online survey and from in-depth narrative interview data from 31 women in England and Ireland. These findings captured a rich picture of Solo women’s own subjective perspectives about the links between their relationship status and wellbeing in later life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Solo; Singleness; Gender; Ageing; Relationship status; Public Policy
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 24896
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2020 05:41

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item

Full text downloads (NB count will be zero if no full text documents are attached to the record)

Downloads per month over the past year