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Dr Mary Breheny PhD

Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation

School of Health Sciences

My research programme focuses on understanding how social and economic issues influence health across the life course. I have conducted research on teenage mothers, mothering on welfare, and motherhood in later life. I have also researched the family life of older people including their experience of grandparenting.  I am interested in the ways that inequalities throughout the lifespan accumulate in later life and constrain older people from ageing well. 

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 7.03, SST

Qualifications

  • PhD - Massey University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research programme focuses on understanding how social and economic issues influence health across the life course. I am particularly interested in examining the ways that unequal access to resources constrain people from having a valued identity.  My areas of expertise include teenage mothers, mothering on welfare, and the social, community and economic lives of older people. I have experience in a range of qualitative methodologies including discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and rhetorical analysis. I am interested in critical and community research that examines social and structural impacts on health and wellbeing.

Research Opportunities

  • Experiences of ageing in New Zealand among those aged over 85 years  (01/02/2014) Analysing interview data from the Living Standards for Elders project focusing on the interviews with those aged over 85 years.
  • Ageing experiences across New Zealand localities  (01/02/2014) Analysing interview data from the Living Standards for Elders project focusing on the interviews from a specific locality and incorporating understanding of place into the analysis.
  • Analysis of a new measure of living standards for older people in New Zealand  (01/02/2014) Providing additional detailed analysis of a newly developed measure of living standards which assesses living standards in terms of variations from constraint to freedom. Examining the relationship between this measure and measures of quality of life and economic position.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
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Completed Projects

Project Title: Developing an Economic Living Standards Index for Elders

Living standards are proving to be an essential marker of economic status and well-being. By 2012 a theoretically based and statistically robust index of living standards for older people will be provided for use in population research (such as the NZ Longitudinal Study of Ageing), by Government research groups (such as the Ministry of Social Development), and for assessment use by community groups (such as Age Concern). This module will be used to assess and track changes in the living standards of older people. Limitations in standards of living constrain health and social participation and effective policy change to improve living standards requires early identification of deterioration. Measuring the living standards of older people effectively will provide a scientific basis for social policy advice to advance the independence and well-being of older people. The instrument developed in this project will equip researchers, policy makers, and community groups to assess gaps and recommend social and economic policies that ensure positive ageing and participation for older New Zealanders.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2012

Funding Body: Foundation for Research, Science & Technology

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2017). Still being 'Mother'? Consumption and identity practices for women in later life. Journal of Consumer Culture. 17(2), 340-358
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Rifshana, F., Breheny, M., Taylor, JE., & Ross, K. (2017). The Parental Experience of Caring for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Child and Family Studies. , 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Ross, K., Taylor, J.
Breheny, M., & Griffiths, Z. (2017). “I had a good time when I was young”: Interpreting descriptions of continuity among older people. Journal of Aging Studies. 41, 36-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Hurley, K., Breheny, M., & Tuffin, K. (2017). Intergenerational inequity arguments and the implications for state-funded financial support of older people. Ageing and Society. 37(3), 561-580
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Tuffin, K.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2017). Spending time: the discursive construction of leisure in later life. Annals of Leisure Research. 20(1), 39-54
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Towers, A., Stevenson, BS., Breheny, M., & Allen, J. (2016). Health, Work, and Retirement Longitudinal Study. Encyclopedia of Geropsychology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
ware, F., breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2016). The politics of government ‘support’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Reinforcing and reproducing the poor citizenship of young Māori parents. Critical Social Policy. , 1-21
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Lilburn, LER., Breheny, M., & Pond, R. (2016). ‘You're not really a visitor, you're just a friend’: how older volunteers navigate home visiting. Ageing and Society. , 1-22
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Butcher, E., & Breheny, M. (2016). Dependence on place: A source of autonomy in later life for older Māori. Journal of Aging Studies. 37, 48-58
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Yeung, P., & Breheny, M. (2016). Using the capability approach to understand the determinants of subjective well-being among community-dwelling older people in New Zealand. Age and Ageing. 45(2), 292-298
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Yeung, P.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Henricksen, A., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., & Alpass, F. (2016). Measuring living standards of older people using Sen's Capability Approach: Development and validation of the LSCAPE-24 (Living Standards Capabilities for Elders) and LSCAPE-6. Ageing and Society. 36(2), 307-332
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B.
Horrell, B., Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2015). Online Research with Informal Caregivers: Opportunities and Challenges. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 12(3), 258-271
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Severinsen, C., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2016). Ageing in Unsuitable Places. Housing Studies. 31(6), 714-728
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2015). Volunteering as reciprocity: Beneficial and harmful effects of social policies to encourage contribution in older age. Journal of Aging Studies. 33, 22-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Horrell, B., Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2015). Capability to care: Supporting the health of informal caregivers for older people. Health Psychology. 34(4), 339-348
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Lotoala, F., Breheny, M., Alpass, F., & Henricksen, A. (2014). Health and wellbeing of older pacific peoples in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 127(1407)
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2014). Pursuing security: Economic resources and the ontological security of older New Zealanders. Ageing and Society. 34(10), 1666-1687
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2015). Healthy ageing from the perspective of older people: A capability approach to resilience. Psychology and Health. 30(6), 715-731
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Spilsbury, L. (2013). Involvement without interference: How grandparents negotiate intergenerational expectations in relationships with grandchildren. Journal of Family Studies. 19(2), 174-184
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2013). The importance of contributing to the community to maintaining a positive identity in later life. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 28, 73-73
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Horrell, B., & Breheny, M. (2013). Carers' capabilities for health: Using internet forums for research with informal caregivers. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 28, 152-152
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Cherrington, J., & Breheny, M. (2005). Politicizing dominant discursive constructions about teenage pregnancy: Re-locating the subject as social. Health. 9(1), 89-111
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2004). Barriers to effective contraception and strategies for overcoming them among adolescent mothers. Public Health Nursing. 21(3), 220-227
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2003). Healthy living and keeping busy - A discourse analysis of mid-aged women's attributions for menopausal experience. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 22(2), 169-189
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2001). The importance of attitudes in predicting hormone replacement therapy use by mid-aged women in a New Zealand community sample. Women and Health. 34(1), 29-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M. (2000). Pregnancies among New Zealand teenagers.. The New Zealand medical journal. 113(1120), 451-452
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2013). Narrative Analysis in Psychological Research: An Integrated Approach to Interpreting Stories. Qualitative Research in Psychology. 10(1), 14-27
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., & Yeung, P. (2013). Development and Validation of a Measure of Living Standards for Older People. Social Indicators Research. 114(3), 1035-1048
[Journal article]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Yeung, P.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2012). Negotiating a moral identity in the context of later life care. Journal of Aging Studies. 26(4), 438-447
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2010). Ageing in a material world. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 39(2), 41-48
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2009). I sort of pay back in my own little way: Managing independence and social connectedness through reciprocity. Ageing and Society. 29(8), 1295-1313
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, C. (2011). The bonds and burdens of family life: Using narrative analysis to understand difficult relationships. Narrative works: Issues, investigations, & interventions. 1(2), 34-51 Retrieved from http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/NW/issue/current
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR. (2012). "we've had our lives, we've had our lives": A poetic representation of ageing.. Creative Approaches to Research. 5(2), 156-170
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2008). 'Breaking the cycle': Constructing intergenerational explanations for disadvantage. Journal of Health Psychology. 13(6), 754-763
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2007). Irreconcilable differences: Health professionals' constructions of adolescence and motherhood. Social Science and Medicine. 64(1), 112-124
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2010). Youth or disadvantage? The construction of teenage mothers in medical journals. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 12(3), 307-322
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2009). A life of ease and immorality: Health professionals' constructions of mothering on welfare. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 19(4), 257-270
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2008). Menopause and the virtuous woman: The importance of the moral order in accounting for medical decision making. Health. 12(1), 7-24
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2007). Individual responsibility and social constraint: The construction of adolescent motherhood in social scientific research. Culture, Health and Sexuality. 9(4), 333-346
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Taylor, R., & Breheny, M. (2008). Investigating obesity stigma: Attribution theory and social consensus theory on attitudes towards obesity. Bulletin. 111, 47-51
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M. (2007). Genetic attribution for schizophrenia, depression, and skin cancer: Impact on social distance. New Zealand Journal of Psychology. 36(3), 154-160
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2006). Strengthening Social Support: Health Professionals' Views of the Health Care Needs of Adolescent Mothers. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling. 12(2), 63-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.

Book

ware, F., breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2017). Reproducing the precarious position of young Māori mothers in Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. groot, N. tassell-matamua, C. van Ommen, & B. Masters-Awatere (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 136 - 146). : Massey Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Hay, I. (2016). 'Life's little luxuries?' The social and spatial construction of luxury. In Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media. (pp. 87 - 107).
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J.
Breheny, MR., & stephens, C. (2016). Approaches to Narrative Analysis: Using Personal, Dialogical and Social Stories to Promote Peace. In D. Bretherton, & SF. Law (Eds.) Methodologies in Peace Psychology: Peace Research by Peaceful Means. (pp. 275 - 291). : Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Towers, AJ., stevenson, B., Breheny, M., & Allen, J. (2016). Health, work and retirement longitudinal study. In N. Pachana (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. (pp. 1025 - 1033). Singapore: Springer Singapore
[Chapter]Authored by: Allen, J., Breheny, M., Stevenson, B., Towers, A.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, MR., & Hay, I. (2016). Life’s little luxuries: The social and spatial construction of luxury. In J. Armitage, & J. Roberts (Eds.) Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media. (pp. 88 - 107). Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J.
Breheny, M, ., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2014). "That's life isn't It": Investigating inequalities in older age. In M. Roche, J. Mansvelt, R. Prince, & A. Gallagher (Eds.) Engaging Geographies: Landscapes, Lifecourses and Mobilities. (pp. 101 - 116). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.

Thesis

Breheny, M. (2006). Constructions of adolescent motherhood: Discourse analysis of the health professional literature and health professionals' talk about young mothers. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Breheny, M.

Report

Hurley, K., Breheny, MR., & Tuffin, K.(2014). New Zealanders discuss state-funded income support in retirement.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Breheny, M., Tuffin, K.
Butcher, E., & Breheny, MR.(2014). The importance of dependence on place for older Māori on the East Cape.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, MR., Stephens, C., Henricksen, A., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., & Alpass, F.(2014). Measuring living standards of older people: Development and validation of the LSCAPE.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2007). Older adults' experience of family life: Linked lives and independent living.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.

Conference

Breheny, M., & Severinsen, CA. (2017). Social isolation among older people: Is it a public health issue?. , British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C.
Severinsen, CA., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2014). Older people in ‘unsuitable’ housing: Place attachment, suitability and ageing in place.. , New Zealand Population Health Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Severinsen, CA., & Breheny, M.(2016, February 17). Ageing in Unsuitable Places: Housing Experiences of Older People.. , Australasian Housing Researchers Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Severinsen, CA., & Breheny, M.(2016, September 15). Identity and housing choices among older people in New Zealand.. , Conference of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Severinsen, CA., & Breheny, M. (2014). Ageing in unsuitable places: Housing experiences of older adults. , Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C.
Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., & Stephens, C. (2014). Ageing in unsuitable places. , IAGG Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Henricksen, A., Stevenson, K., Carter, K., & Alpass, F. (2014). Measuring livings standards of older people: Validation of the LSCAPE-24 and LSCAPE-6.. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, JR., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2014, June). 'Life's little luxuries' - why consuming treats really does matter!. Presented at Institute of Australian Geographers & the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference. Melbourne.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, JR., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2014, September). "But you've got to learn to cut your cloth to suit": The role of luxuries in the practice of everyday life.. Presented at The Age of Ageing: New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference. Dunedin, University of Otago.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., Stephens, C., Rose, R., Horrell, B., Tse, C., Severinsen, C., . . . Mansvelt, J.(2014). Beyond successful ageing: Improving the health and well-being of older New Zealanders. Symposium. In ?. Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Other]Authored by: Breheny, M., Chamberlain, K., Mansvelt, J., Severinsen, C., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, MR. (2014, February). Healthy ageing from the perspective of older people: A social justice approach to ageing well policies.. Presented at Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, MR., & Mansvelt, J. (2014, February). Successful ageing from the perspective of older people : A capabilities approach to resilience.. Presented at Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2014, February). “It’s a great strain actually”: Managing community contribution in later life.. Presented at Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Severinsen, C., & Breheny, MR.(2014, February 12). Ageing in unsuitable places: Housing experiences of older adults.. , Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Severinsen, C.
Horrell, B., Stephens, C., & Breheny, MR. (2014, February). Caring informally for elders: Positive ageing versus a commitment to care.. Presented at Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Rose, R., & Breheny, MR. (2014, February). Ageing successfully in a declining body: Experiences of older people in the Wakatipu.. Presented at Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Yeung, PHY., & Breheny, M.(2014, July). Providing a secure foundation for a life of satisfaction and happiness: Modelling the function of material wellbeing in the lives of older people. . Retreived from http://www.swsd2014.org/wp-content/uploads/SWSD-Program-Grid.pdf
[Conference]Authored by: Breheny, M., Yeung, P.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Alpass, FM., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., & Yeung, P. (2013). Development and validation of a measure of living standards for older people.. In Program Book(pp. S456 - S457). , 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG 2013): IAGG Congress Secretariat
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Yeung, P.
Stephens, C., Horrell, B., Alpass, FM., & Breheny, M. (2013). Capability and carers’ wellbeing: Using internet forums for research with informal caregivers. In Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging Vol. S1 (pp. S370 - S370). , 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG 2013)
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., Dulin, P., & Alpass, FM. (2013). Giving and receiving: Understanding volunteering and wellbeing for older people in terms of reciprocity.. In The Gerontologist Vol. S1 (pp. 186 - 187). , 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: Gerontological Society of America
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., Dulin, P., & Alpass, F. (2013). GIVING AND RECEIVING: UNDERSTANDING VOLUNTEERING AND WELLBEING FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN TERMS OF RECIPROCITY. In GERONTOLOGIST Vol. 53 (pp. 186 - 187). : OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Crawford, L., Breheny, M., Hill, SR., & Mansvelt, J. (2013). "Broad consensus across the divide": Rhetorical constructions of climate change in the New Zealand media. Poster session presented at the meeting of The New Zealand Climate Change Conference 2013. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Breheny, M., Hill, S., Mansvelt, J.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2013). 'I choose to go without everything really!': Living standards, aging imperatives and well-being for older New Zealanders. In Association of American Geographers [AAG] 2013 Annual Meeting: Schedule and Program(pp. 1 - 1). , Association of American Geographers [AAG] 2013 Annual Meeting United States: The Association of American Geographers
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Butcher, L., & Breheny, M. (2012, April). 'This is my ideal lifestyle': How elder Maori living on the East Cape understand a good life. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing together as one. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Butcher, L., & Breheny, M. (2012). 'This is my ideal lifestyle': How elder Maori living on the East Cape understand a good life. In New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing together as one: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 36 - 36). , New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists Joint Conference: Tūtahitanga: Standing together as one New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., Yeung, P., . . . Mansvelt, J.(2012, June). Measuring living standards of older people using the capability approach. .
[Conference]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C., Yeung, P.
Stephens, CV., & Breheny, M. (2010). Does a social policy discourse of positive ageing exacerbate material disadvantage for older people in New Zealand?. (pp. 62 - 63). , New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference 2010: Psychology for a sustainable future: Ā hinengaro mā tōkana ā mua Wellington, New Zealand: The New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2004). Discursive constructions of adolescent mothers used by health professionals. In AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 56 (pp. 93 - 93). : AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2013, April). 'I choose to go without everything really!': Living standards, aging imperatives and well-being for older New Zealanders. Presented at Association of American Geographers [AAG] 2013 Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Unequal ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. Poster session presented at the meeting of Division of Health Psychology [DHP] Annual Conference. Liverpool, United Kingdom
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Poster: Unequal ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. In Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference: Book of Abstracts(pp. 55 - 55). , Division of Health Psychology [DHP] Annual Conference United Kingdom: The British Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Poster: Unequal ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. In Phychology and Health Vol. 27 (pp. 334 - 334). , 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society [EHPS]: Resilience and Health: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Measuring living standards of older people using sen's capability approach. In International Journal of Behavioural Medicine Vol. 19 (pp. S200 - S200). , 12th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine: Behavioral Medicine: From Basic Science to Clinical Investigation and Public Health: Springer an imprint of Springer Science+Business Media
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2012, December). 'Still being mother': Identity and mothering matters in later life. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2012). 'Still being mother': Identity and mothering matters in later life. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 96 - 96). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscape New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2012, December). 'That's life isn't it': Investigating inequalities in older age. Presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscapes. Napier, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). 'That's life isn't it': Investigating inequalities in older age. In New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscapes: Book of Abstracts(pp. 31 - 31). , New Zealand Geographical Society Conference 2012: Connecting Landscapes New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., Yeung, P., . . . Mansvelt, J. (2012, September). Developing a measure of living standards for older people using Sen's capability approach. Presented at New Zealand Association of Gerontology Ageing and Diversity Conference 2012. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Yeung, P.
Stephens, CV., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Unequal ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. In British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference: Book of Abstracts(pp. 55 - 55). , British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference United Kingdom: British Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012, August). Measuring living standards of older people using sen's capability approach. Presented at 12th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine: Behavioral Medicine: From Basic Science to Clinical Investigation and Public Health. Budapest, Hungary.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Unequal ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society [EHPS] Resilience and Health. Prague, Czech Republic
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Unequal Ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. In 2012 Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference: Conference Proceedings, 2012 Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference United Kingdom: British Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., Alpass, F., Stevenson, B., Carter, K., Yeung, P., . . . Mansvelt, J. (2012). Developing a measure of living standards for older peple using Sen's capability approach. In New Zealand Association of Gerontology: Ageing and Diversity Conference 2012: Conference Handbook(pp. 30 - 30). , New Zealand Association of Gerontology: Ageing and Diversity Conference New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Gerontology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Alpass, F., Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C., Stevenson, B., Yeung, P.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2012). Unequal Ageing: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities among older people. In PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH Vol. 27 (pp. 334 - 334). : TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2011, November). Pursuing security: Economic living standards and capabilities of older New Zealanders. Presented at II International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing. Lisbon, Portugal.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2011, November). Developing a measure of living standards for older people using Sen's capability framework. Presented at II International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing. Lisbon, Portugal.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J.(2011). Developing a measure of living standards for older people using Sen's capability framework. . Lisbon, Portugal
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C.(2011). Pursuing security: Economic living standards and capabilities of older New Zealanders. . Lisbon, Portugal
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2011, November). Pursuing security: Economic living standards and capabilities of older New Zealanders. Presented at II International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing. Lisbon, Portugal.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., Stephens, C., & Mansvelt, J. (2011, November). Developing a measure of living standards for older people using Sen's capability framework. Presented at II International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing. Lisbon, Portugal.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2011, November). Economic living standards for older people: A capabilities approach to understanding inequalities. Presented at Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Berkeley, CA, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., Breheny, M., & Mansvelt, J. (2011, November). Developing a measure of living standards for older people using Sen's Capability Framework. Presented at Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Berkeley, CA, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2011, November). Coping and consumption: The construction of familial and individual identities across a range of living standards of mid-to late-life New Zealanders. Presented at Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Berkeley, CL, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Mansvelt, J., Stephens, C.
Horrell, B., Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2011, April). Capability and carers' wellbeing: Using the internet for participatory action research. Presented at 7th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. Adelaide, SA, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2011, April). The colour of teenage pregnancy: Managing the boundaries of 'us' and 'them'. Presented at 7th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. Adelaide, SA, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Horrell, B., Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2011, February). Using the capablility approach to evaluate carer wellbeing. Presented at Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 8th Annual Scientific Conference: Healthy people, healthy communities. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2011, February). The privilege of care: Highlighting alternatives to independence in talk about later life. Presented at Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 8th Annual Scientific Conference: Healthy people, healthy communities. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2010, February). Health identities at the intersection of discursive and material ageing. Presented at Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine 7th Annual Scientific Conference: Behaviour and health: Applications to individuals and populations. Brisbane, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2010, November). Ageing in the context of disparities in material circumstances. Presented at Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines Hui 2010. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, M.Does a social policy discourse of positive ageing exacerbate material disadvantage for older women?.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2009, October). Ageing in a material world. Presented at New Zealand Association of Gerontology and Age Concern New Zealand Conference: Living in an ageing society: Shaping tomorrow today. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, C., & Breheny, M. (2009, August). Negotiating the moral landscape of kinship and friendship in difficult social relationships. Presented at The New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference. Palmerston North Convention Centre, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, M.(2009). Culture, context and meaning: Qualitative research on older people. . Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Other]Authored by: Breheny, M.
Breheny, M., & Stephens, C. (2008, June). Older adults experiences of family life. Presented at Families Commission: Komihana a whanau / Research Seminar 2008. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2008). "I sort of pay back in my own little way": Independence and reciprocity in the family life of older adults. In Australian Journal of Psychology, Volume 60, Supplement 2008: Combined Abstracts of 2008 Australian Psychology Conferences(pp. 14 - 14). : The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Stephens, CV., Breheny, MR., & Pond, RL. (2008). The embodied self and social life: Examples from ageing research. In Australian Journal of Psychology, Volume 60, Supplement 2008: Combined Abstracts of 2008 Australian Psychology Conferences(pp. 46 - 46). : The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Breheny, M., Pond, R., Stephens, C.
Stephens, CV., Breheny, MR., & Pond, RL. (2008, June). Embodied subjectivity: The case of the ageing body. Presented at Subjectivity International Conference. Cardiff University, United Kingdom.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Pond, R., Stephens, C.
Stephens, CV., Breheny, MR., & Pond, RL. (2008, March). The embodied self and social life: Examples from ageing research. Presented at Society of Australasian Social Psychologists 2008 Annual Meeting. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Pond, R., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2008, March). "I sort of pay back in my own little way": Independence and reciprocity in the family life of older adults. Presented at Society of Australasian Social Psychologists 2008 Annual Meeting. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2007, July). A life of ease and immortality: Health professionals construct the welfare mother. Presented at 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP2007). Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2007, July). "Breaking the cycle": Constructing intergenerational explanations for disadvantage. Presented at 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP2007). Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.
Breheny, MR., & Stephens, CV. (2006, February). Irreconcilable differences: Adolescence and motherhood as incompatible identities. Presented at 4th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. Auckland, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Breheny, M., Stephens, C.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 1
CoSupervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Caroline Day - PhD
    Grandmothering in the 21st century
  • Megan Hempel - PhD
    Developing the health and ageing study as a lifetime longitudinal study
  • Felicity Ware - PhD
    Whanau kopepe: Young Maori parents experiences of raising a family

CoSupervisor of:

  • Ella Kroch - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Exploring the Effectiveness of Combined Ketamine and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression: A Pilot Case Series

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Fathimath Rifshana - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    The Lived Experience of Parents Caring for a Child with Type 1 Diabetes

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Barbara Mary Horrell - PhD
    Exploring informal caregivers' health needs from a capability perspective

Media and Links

Media

  • 29 Apr 2014 - Online
    Pressure for independence in old age can be disabl
    Media release of my research on older people.

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