Supervisor: Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews

Research Interests

Population aging, social capital, personal relationships in old age, social change.

Current Research

My doctoral research seeks to understand the constitution, function, and meaning of older people’s personal relationships in Chile. I analyze to what extent and how the theory of individualization can be applied to understand older people’s social capital. The question is not only whether the nuclear family is still the predominant form of association or the main source of support but instead, to what extent older people replace and/or complement family resources with other types of ties (e.g. friend, neighbors and/or state). If the theory of individualization is applicable to the Chilean context, then other options of help are available and culturally allowed so that older people may be able to include diverse type of ties to their networks.

Bunout, D., Osorio, P., Barrera, G., Torrejón, M. J., Meersohn, C., Anigstein, M. S., & De la Maza, M. P. (2012). Quality of life of older Chilean subjects living in metropolitan Santiago, Chile. Influence of socioeconomic status. Ageing Research, 3(1).

Osorio, P., Torrejón, M. J., Meersohn, C., & Anigstein, M. S. (2011). Understanding quality of life in semi-disable older people in Chile. Salud & Sociedad, 2(2), 203–217. (Spanish)

Espinoza, I., Osorio, P., Torrejón, M. J., Lucas-Carrasco, R., & Bunout, D. (2011). Validation of the WHOQOL-BREF quality of life questionnaire among Chilean older people. Revista médica de Chile, 139(5), 579–586. (Spanish)

Osorio, P., Torrejón, M. J., & Anigstein, M. S. (2011). Quality of life in older people in Chile. Revista Mad, (24). (Spanish)

Osorio, P., Torrejón, M. J., & Vogel, N. (2008). Approaching the concept of quality of life in later life. Listening to the elderly people. Revista de Psicología, XVII(1), 101–108. (Spanish)

Urquiza, A., Meersohn, C., & Torrejón, M. J. (2005). The Reality of the improbable: Collaboration, a marginal social manifestation. Revista Mad, (12). (Spanish)

Torrejón, M. J., Meersohn, C., & Gómez, A. U. (2005). Social Imaginary of Collaboration: Volunteering and Solidarity. Revista Mad, (13). (Spanish)