Professor Stenner research interests include: Using Q methodology and qualitative methods. I have conducted detailed studies of the multiple perspectives and experiences at play in social circumstances involving complex health issues. I have studied a number of health issues using this ‘transdisciplinary psychosocial approach’ including IBS, drug addiction, ADHD and chronic lower back pain. I am also interested in concepts which link health concerns to subjectivity via forms of governance, such as ‘active ageing’, ‘wellbeing’, ‘health related quality of life’ and ‘self-management’. This concern linking health, subjectivity and governance addresses a form of ‘health citizenship’.
From 2011-14 I collaborated with a team based in South East England (with Dr Carol McCrum as PI) exploring the meaning of self-management in the care of chronic low-back disorder. Funded by a Research for Patient Benefit Programme grant from the National Institute for Health Research, this research developed a Q methodological instrument through which 4 distinct perspectives were identified amongst practitioners and patients. A next step will be to expand and develop this project to maximize the value of self-management for patients.
From April 2015 I collaborated with Dr Lindsay O’Dell, Dr Mary Horton-Salway and Dr Alsion Davies on a one year British Academy / Leverhulme Small Grant award funded project. This qualitative research explored how a sample of women diagnosed or self-diagnosed with ADHD understand their condition and its implications for their lives and those close to them. A next step will be to expand the sample in order to test our exploratory findings.
Future directions. The question of how to study subjectivity and experience is a growing concern within health related studies due to the increasing salience of patient-centred health care. The theoretical underpinnings and methodology appropriate to this concern will be a core area of interest in future years.