Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon.

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    • Publication Year:
      2012
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Aging
      Lebanon.
      Sociocultural context
      Survey methods
    • Abstract:
      Objectives. In Arab countries, the proportion of older adults is rapidly increasing, highlighting the need to conduct research on factors that influence aging. We describe the context-specific challenges faced and the solutions negotiated during the conduct of a survey study on family relations and aging in Greater Beirut, Lebanon. Method. Drawing on the experience of a recently completed survey study, we reflect on the context-specific challenges faced and the solutions negotiated during the phases of questionnaire construction, interviewer training, sampling, and participant recruitment as a means to contribute to the growing area of cross-cultural survey research. Results. The social context of family relations influenced the nature of questions that can be included to obtain valid information. The unavailability of demographic data and the presence of cultural norms that promote deference to older adults also presented methodological challenges to the sampling and recruitment of older adults. Discussion. We provided illustrative examples on the importance of learning about a country’s social and cultural contexts, and the necessity of exercising flexibility in decision making to ensure the collection of valid data and the successful completion of the study. Lessons learned inform elements of the research process in an Arab country, as well as bring to light unusual, yet generalizable, circumstances that will inform experiences in other cultural settings. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]
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    • ISSN:
      10795014
    • Accession Number:
      82775544
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ABDULRAHIM, S. et al. Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, [s. l.], v. 67B, n. 6, p. 775, 2012. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544. Acesso em: 30 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Abdulrahim S, Ajrouch KJ, Jammal A, Antonucci TC. Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences. 2012;67B(6):775. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544. Accessed May 30, 2020.
    • APA:
      Abdulrahim, S., Ajrouch, K. J., Jammal, A., & Antonucci, T. C. (2012). Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, 67B(6), 775.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Abdulrahim, Sawsan, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Alicia Jammal, and Toni C. Antonucci. 2012. “Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon.” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 67B (6): 775. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544.
    • Harvard:
      Abdulrahim, S. et al. (2012) ‘Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon’, Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, 67B(6), p. 775. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544 (Accessed: 30 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Abdulrahim, S, Ajrouch, KJ, Jammal, A & Antonucci, TC 2012, ‘Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon’, Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, vol. 67B, no. 6, p. 775, viewed 30 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Abdulrahim, Sawsan, et al. “Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon.” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, vol. 67B, no. 6, Nov. 2012, p. 775. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Abdulrahim, Sawsan, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Alicia Jammal, and Toni C. Antonucci. “Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon.” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 67B, no. 6 (November 2012): 775. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Abdulrahim S, Ajrouch KJ, Jammal A, Antonucci TC. Survey Methods and Aging Research in an Arab Sociocultural Context—A Case Study from Beirut, Lebanon. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences [Internet]. 2012 Nov [cited 2020 May 30];67B(6):775. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=82775544