Attitudes & self perceptions of ageing

The Attitudes & Self Perceptions of Ageing is a program of research that focuses on the measurement of health and ageing attitudes, and understanding their role in behaviours and performance across the lifespan. This program is part of the Ageing Well Ageing Productively Stream of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.

Partly funded by the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence In Population Ageing Research - this research includes the ACTWell Study - a cross-sectional survey of adults aged between 18 and 92 years from of ACT and surrounding districts. The aim of the research is to identify the degree to which expectations of ageing affect health literacy, health behaviors and health outcomes in young, mid-aged and older adults. This project is the first phase of a larger project to develop interventions that addresses and challenges normative expectations of ageing with the goal of increasing preventive health behaviours in mid-life and older adults.

An cross-cultural investigation, comparing the cultural notions of attitudes towards ageing between Australia and the Philippines, is also underway. This research is being carried out in a collaborative partnership between the Australian National University’s Centre for Research on Ageing Health & Wellbeing and the University of the Philippines Department of Psychology.

Other projects focus on the secondary analysis of longitudinal datasets that examine expectations about ageing and health.