This project was part of a collaborative research programme entitled ‘Healthy Ageing across the Life Course’ (HALCyon). This programme was funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing initiative – a cross council multi-disciplinary research.
Life History and Healthy Ageing
Mental health and wellbeing
HALCyon brings together researchers who are specialists in ageing, cohort studies or research methods and non-academic partners who use research findings, so that the research is sound, comparable and shared with those who need it. CLS undertook the ‘Life history and healthy ageing’ strand of this collaborative programme.
We interviewed a sample of study members from three of the cohorts to collect qualitative information. This information was then linked with the quantitative data using special software. We were then able to see if there are relationships between people’s life stories, their sense of wellbeing and the physical process of ageing.
Through in-depth interviews this research gave selected cohort members the opportunity to construct narratives about their own lives and identities. We used these narratives to:
You can find out full details about this collaborative research programme on the main HALCyon website.
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Sam has a long history of producing research based on the British Birth Cohorts, from the antecedents and consequences of poor basic skills in adult life, to more recent research focusing on poorer outcomes for children with Special Education Needs, the gendered occupational occupations of teenagers and the long-term advantages for men and women who attended a private school and/or an elite university.