Published Papers - Abstract 233

Bryson L & Warner-Smith P. Researching women's health in a changing world. Journal of Sociology, ; :

The idea for a longitudinal study on the health of Australian women, based on a social definition of health, originated in the women’s movement in the 1980s. Here we discuss the outcome of that idea, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), also known as Women’s Health Australia. Originally based at the University of Newcastle, it currently also has a management node at the University of Queensland. In this paper we focus on the nature of the study, rather than its findings. We discuss the issues researchers normally write about in papers presenting their research, including the rationale for the design and its advantages and limitations and the nuts and bolts issues relating to sampling, attrition, methods of data collection and progress to date. Too often though, when social scientists present their research they are so absorbed with such methodological issues they fail to consider wider matters. Here we also contextualise the ALSWH within the broader social and political context within which the research resides.