Fostering resilience later in life: a narrative approach involving people facing disabling circumstances, carers and members of minority groups

Ottmann, Goetz and Maragoudaki, Margarita 2015, Fostering resilience later in life: a narrative approach involving people facing disabling circumstances, carers and members of minority groups, Ageing and society, vol. 35, no. 10, pp. 2071-2099, doi: 10.1017/S0144686X14000828.

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Title Fostering resilience later in life: a narrative approach involving people facing disabling circumstances, carers and members of minority groups
Author(s) Ottmann, Goetz
Maragoudaki, Margarita
Journal name Ageing and society
Volume number 35
Issue number 10
Start page 2071
End page 2099
Total pages 29
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 0144-686X
Keyword(s) resilience
socio-economic factors
socio-cultural factors
older people
healthy ageing
coping
community aged care
Summary Over the last two decades, the concept of resilience has become the focus of a growing body of gerontological research. However, there is a dearth of qualitative research that explores how socio-economic and socio-cultural factors shape older people's resilience. This study addresses this gap and explores the concept of resilience through the lens of 25 Australians from a variety of backgrounds, investigating the resilience strategies they employed in the face of different challenging life events. A qualitative narrative methodology involving one focus group and semi-structured interviews was employed. A stratified convenience sample of 34 people aged 60 and over participated in semi-structured interviews between 2009 and 2011. The study describes the meaning participants assigned to the term resilience, and focuses on the range of resilience responses and strategies they employed, bringing to light some key commonalities and differences. The study's findings suggest that access to economic and cultural resources and the nature of the adversity older people face can shape and limit their resilience strategies. The article outlines how the concept of resilience could be incorporated into aged care practice and argues that resilience-focused interventions that potentially broaden the resilience repertoire of older people should be explored within an aged care context.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S0144686X14000828
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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