Middle-Aged Resiliency and Resistance Studies


Middle-Aged Resiliency and Resistance Study (MARRS): A Qualitative Study of the Influence of Ageism and

Age-Inclusivity on the Midlife Years

Principal Investigator: Donna Dumitrescu


Available in English and French*

The midlife – typically defined as the ages between 45 to 64 years – has been largely overlooked in the research on lifespan development. The aim of this research study is to gain an understanding of the ideas held about midlife from a lifespan perspective (i.e., Saskatchewan residents ages 25 to 84 years), and to collect middle adults’ experiences of ageism, age-inclusivity, and their resilience towards ageism.


This study involves completing background questions about yourself, and an interview either through Zoom or over the phone that will take 60 minutes. As compensation, you will have a choice of receiving a $25 e gift card from Tim Horton’s, Walmart, or a prepaid Mastercard.


Click on this link to participate in the study: https://bit.ly/ARC_ageism

Étude de la résilience et de la résistance des personnes d'âge moyen (MARRS) : Une étude qualitative de l’influence sur les adultes d'âge moyen de l’âgisme et de l'inclusion

Le milieu de la vie – que l’on définit généralement comme les années entre 45 et 64 ans – a été largement négligé dans la recherche sur le développement de la durée de vie. L'objectif de cette étude est de comprendre les idées que l'on se fait de cette étape de la vie du point de vue de la durée de vie (c'est-à-dire les résidents de la Saskatchewan de 25 à 84 ans), et de recueillir les expériences de ces adultes en matière d’âgisme, d’inclusion et de résilience face à la discrimination fondée sur l’âge.

Lors de cette étude, vous répondrez à quelques questions d’ordre général sur vous-même, puis vous nous rencontrerez par Zoom ou au téléphone pour un entretien individuel d’environ 60 minutes. Nous vous enverrons un certificat cadeau de 25 $ de Tim Horton's ou de Walmart, ou une carte MasterCard prépayée, pour vous remercier de votre participation.


Cliquez sur ce lien pour participer à l'étude : https://bit.ly/ARC_ageism


Cultural and Islamic influences on the perceptions of mental health services in middle-aged Muslim adults

Principal Investigator: Sheza Shahid

The purpose of this study is to understand how middle-aged Muslim adults perceive professional mental health services in Canada. We are specifically interested in understanding cultural and Islamic influences on perceptions of professional mental health services as well as the role of familiarity with these professional mental health services.


**This study is no longer recruiting participants. Check back for an update on the results!


Effectiveness of a brief Internet-delivered behaviour change intervention among healthy middle-aged adults: A randomized controlled trial

Principal Investigator: Kelsey Haczkewicz


Previous studies have demonstrated the need to move beyond the common misconception of midlife as a time of crisis so that we can develop further understandings of the midlife as a time of opportunity for the maintenance and improvement of health. Several psychosocial factors such as resilience, emotion regulation, perceived social support, and control beliefs have been identified as having a role in the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits in middle age which, in turn, may decrease the risk of a developing or worsening chronic disease.


This study consists of an initial online questionnaire, as well as two follow-up questionnaires and is aimed at evaluating the influence of psychosocial factors on the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits in middle-aged (i.e. 35 – 64 year-old) adults. Specifically, this study aims to examine whether differing experiences of social support, resilience, emotion regulation, and control beliefs influence physical activity levels following a brief behaviour change intervention called Brief Action Planning. The potential significance of this study includes increasing awareness of the influence of psychosocial factors on health behaviours and the possible effectiveness of a brief behaviour change intervention among middle-aged adults. Potential interventions may be used in clinical settings or community programs in which middle-aged adults engage.

**This study is no longer recruiting participants. Check back for an update on the results!