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

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678 (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.

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Abstract

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
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 04:37
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24896

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