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Connecting Families?Information & Communication Technologies, Generations, and the Life Course$
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Barbara Barbosa Neves and Cláudia Casimiro

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447339946

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447339946.001.0001

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Cross-disciplinary research methods to study technology use, family, and life course dynamics: lessons from an action research project on social isolation and loneliness in later life

Cross-disciplinary research methods to study technology use, family, and life course dynamics: lessons from an action research project on social isolation and loneliness in later life

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(p.113) Seven Cross-disciplinary research methods to study technology use, family, and life course dynamics: lessons from an action research project on social isolation and loneliness in later life
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Connecting Families?
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Barbara Barbosa Neves

Ron Baecker

Diana Carvalho

Alexandra Sanders

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447339946.003.0007

This chapter reports on the design and implementation of cross-disciplinary research methods for investigating technology adoption in later life as well as family and life course dynamics. Drawing on a mixed methods, action research project on technology and social connectedness, facilitated by a team of sociologists and human–computer interaction (HCI) researchers, it examines the use of a digital communication technology to study social isolation and loneliness in later life. The chapter first provides an overview of the deployment and feasibility design of the study, the deployment stages and procedures, data analysis and participants before discussing the lessons learned. It concludes with an assessment of the challenges and opportunities of cross-disciplinary and mixed-method research to study technologies, families, and the life course. One of the ways that cross-disciplinary mixed methods approaches can enhance family and life course studies is by capturing the immediacy of life transitions.

Keywords:   cross-disciplinary research, technology adoption, family dynamics, life course dynamics, mixed methods, social connectedness, human–computer interaction, digital communication technology, social isolation, loneliness

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