PhD position in gender and health (deadline September 28)

Female disadvantage in healthy ageing
There are striking differences between men and women in the way they age. Across countries, women more often than men present generalized symptoms such as pain, (osteo)arthritis, visual impairment or  osteoporosis and are more affected by disorders caused by injuries and falls. Due to their higher life expectancy, older women suffer longer from disabilities and need more care. This is called the female disadvantage. Novel strategies to promote healthy ageing in women are urgently needed. Lifestyle behavior is a key risk factor for (un)healthy ageing and is therefore the focus of this project. 

The PhD student will examine how the female disadvantage in healthy ageing can be reduced by targeting those lifestyle factors that contribute (most) to this disadvantage. The project consists of two phases. In the first phase, the PhD student will perform statistical data analyses using data from two existing cohort studies, representative of the Dutch female (older) population. Based on the results of these statistical analyses, new data by concept mapping will be collected among (older women) in the second phase, exploring their ideas and motivations on lifestyle behavior change to enhance healthy aging. Finally, this project will provide concrete directions for optimized health promotion strategies towards (older) women. 

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