From ‘dependence’, to ‘successful ageing’, the dominant discourses of ageing and well-being are on the move again as the World Health Organisation introduces a new ‘functional ability’ policy framework.
Christine Stephens co-leads the cross-disciplinary Health and Ageing Research Team in the School of Psychology at Massey University where she is a Professor of Social Science Research. The focus of the team’s activity is a longitudinal study of quality of life in ageing (Health, Work and Retirement study) which has conducted bi-annual surveys of a population sample of older people for 10 years. The research also includes in-depth qualitative studies on topics such as informal caregiving, palliative care, the experience of cancer, and housing needs. Christine’s research is located at the intersection of health psychology and gerontology. She has authored or co-authored papers in these areas for Health Psychology, Psychology and Health, The Journal of Health Psychology, Health and Ageing, Journal of Ageing and Health, Ageing and Society, International Psychogeriatric, Critical Public Health and The Journals of Gerontology. She also has an interest in methodological issues and has contributed to Health Psychology Review and Qualitative Research in Psychology on qualitative approaches to research. She is currently co-authoring a book for Routledge about critical approaches to research on ageing.