Middle-Aged Resiliency and Resistance Studies

 

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.

 

Click on this link to participate in the study: https://bit.ly/3lQoSuc

 

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!

 

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

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