Growing older: A qualitative inquiry into the textured narratives of older, rural women

Lauren Terrill, Judith Gullifer

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This study explored experiences of eight rural, Anglo-Australian women aged between 65 and 75 using semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis revealed three prominent themes: (a) the free and busy me highlights the increased freedom in later life enabling choices regarding activities the women would like to engage in; (b) the secret is being positive and pragmatic emphasizes the importance of adopting a pragmatic acceptance of growing older; and (c) narratives of growth and stagnation highlights the pursuit of growth among older women in order to enhance the current self. Findings emphasize the construction of later life as one of liberation, resilience and growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-715
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • age
  • ageing
  • qualitative
  • rural
  • women

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