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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’.

Projects

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.

British Society of Gerontology initiative Ageing Bites

Back in the Spring and with support and assistance from colleagues, the following video was created - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjWhJbqdRXc&t=4s This YouTube channel is part of the British Society of Gerontology initiative Ageing Bites and links to a paper that Dr Hannah R. Marston published in March...

Gaming will help future centenarians

Gamer Dr Hannah R. Marston presented her research at the billion-dollar tech company Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment. The health and wellbeing priority research area fellow was invited by the game designer, in Sweden, to talk about her work ‘From Arcade to World Wide Web – how intergenerational gaming can help you pick up an extra life’. It focuses on levels of immersion, or flow,...

Aging Well series of Public Talks

Jitka Vseteckova is delighted to announce a series of public talks with the title ‘Ageing Well’, which will be offered at the Open University in Milton Keynes. Many changes can be brought about by ageing. Most of the changes are physiological processes, they come naturally, and produce physical and mental deterioration. However, timely interventions such as nutrition, hydration,...

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