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The physiological and practical outcomes of frailty are recognised but the psychological consequences and correlates of becoming frail are largely unexplored. There is reason to expect the progression from a state of independence to one of relative dependence to be accompanied by significant psychological challenges and ill-being as individuals struggle to come to terms with their new status as a “frail person”. The broad aim of my PhD project is to advance understanding of the psychological consequences of becoming frail and encourage a more adaptive response to frailty amongst affected individuals. The project will draw on research from social psychology, particularly social identity theory and self-categorization theory and will investigate the relationship between experiences associated with ageing (stigma, stereotypes) and a range of health outcomes and mediating mechanisms underpinning this relationship.
By gaining a deeper understanding of these psychological processes, this project will establish proof-of-concept for the development of a new social intervention which facilitates a positive life-stage transition and minimises the harmful and costly health consequences of frailty.
Krystal Warmoth PhD Student
Thinking you’re old and frail: A qualitative study of older adults’ beliefs regarding frailty
British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Harrogate, UK
European Health Psychology Society Conference, Bordeaux, France
British Society of Gerontology Conference, Oxford, UK
The Gerontological Society of America‘s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, USA
18 October 2017
The Dartington Service Design Lab is entering into a strategic
collaboration with PenCHORD (the Peninsula Collaboration...
02 October 2017
Following his recent appointment as Associate Dean for Research for
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of...
29 September 2017
Many congratulations to Sebastian Rachuba, who was awarded the
Steve Gallivan prize at the EURO Working...
Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
This evaluation (EmMA) provides an independent and qualitative
review of the first iteration of the...
Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Systematic review evaluating the effectiveness and
cost-effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the mental