ILQA-19. Longitudinal Study on Older People’s Quality of Life during the Covid-19 pandemic (2020)

Sala, Emanuela (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Melis, Giulia (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
Zaccaria, Daniele (Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana)


Changelog (Archive version):

2.0 - 2024-06-26
* Corrected some codes used in the anonymisation of interviews INT_02, INT_09, INT_17, INT_22, INT_24, INT_31 and INT_39 in order to harmonise the data with the second wave of the study.
* An error concerning INT_16 has been corrected in the datalist.

1.0 - 2022-06-06
* First import routine of the study



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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (panel)

wave 1

Methodological Notes:
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ILQA-19 is a longitudinal qualitative case study. It investigates the social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on older people’s well-being and everyday life. It is conducted on a purposive sample of 40 older men and women aged between 65 and 80 living in the ten villages (located in the Northern part of Italy) that experienced the first lockdown in Europe. The first wave of the data collection was conducted in spring 2020, during the first lockdown, using semi-structured video-interviews. Wave 1 interview explores changes occurred in older people’s everyday life, the role of social relationships and social media use during the lockdown, and the impact of the lockdown on older people’s well-being. In particular, the research intends:

  • analyse the representations of the elderly regarding the redefinition of the “new” everyday life;
  • explore how changes in relationship networks (intra/intergenerational links within and outside the family network) and in support and care systems have affected the well-being of the elderly;
  • reconstruct the strategies and resources adopted by the elderly to adapt to the new everyday life, also with reference to the role of “social technologies” and the changes in their use;
  • collect their views on the measures taken by the institutions, especially on the relationship between health policies and respect for the principles of active ageing.

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Topic Classification:

  • HEALTH - health policy
  • HEALTH - physical fitness and exercise
  • HEALTH - specific diseases and medical conditions
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - information technology
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social behaviour and attitudes
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Cover:
    Municipality of Bertonico
    Municipality of Casalpusterlengo
    Municipality of Castelgerundo
    Municipality of Castiglione D’Adda
    Municipality of Codogno
    Municipality of Fombio
    Municipality of Maleo
    Municipality of San Fiorano
    Municipality of Somaglia
    Municipality of Terranova dei Passerini

    Geographical Unit: not applicable

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: Residents in the municipalities covered by the research aged 65 to 80 years

    Sample Procedure: 40 individuals. Snowball sampling

    Weight: No weight used

    Collection Mode: face to face interview

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 40 interview's transcriptions in MS Word format (ita), 1 interview script in PDF format (ita), 1 methodological notes in PDF format (ita), 1 Data List in PDF format (ita), 1 Archive notes in PDF format (ita) (44 file)


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    1. Melis, G., Sala, E., & Zaccaria, D. (2022). The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Researching Older People During the Covid-19 Pandemic. In Q. Gao & J. Zhou (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design, Interaction and Technology Acceptance (pp. 53–68). Springer International Publishing.
    2. Melis, G., Sala, E., & Zaccaria, D. (2021). Remote recruiting and video-interviewing older people: A research note on a qualitative case study carried out in the first Covid-19 Red Zone in Europe. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 25(4), 477–482.
    3. Melis, G., Sala, E., & Zaccaria, D. (2021). «I turned to Facebook to know when they would open the cemetery»… : Results from a qualitative case study on older people’s social media use during COVID-19 lockdown in Italy. Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, LXII(2), 431–457.

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    Source Contact: Emanuela Sala

    Sala, Emanuela; Melis, Giulia; Zaccaria, Daniele. (2020) ILQA-19. Longitudinal Study on Older People’s Quality of Life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Melis, Giulia [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN230. Data file version 2.0 doi:10.20366/unimib/unidata/SN230-2.0

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