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Innovations in Life History Calendar Applications

Citation

Axinn, William G.; Pearce, Lisa D.; & Ghimire, Dirgha J. (1999). Innovations in Life History Calendar Applications. Social Science Research, 28(3), 243-64.

Abstract

Growing sociological interest in the timing and sequencing of important life events continues to fuel the development of sophisticated analytic methods. The life history calendar (LHC) was designed as a method of collecting detailed individual-level event timing and sequencing data. This paper describes new innovations which make gathering retrospective event history data with an LHC more feasible in a wider range of settings and for a broader set of substantive topics. These innovations allow researchers to accommodate broader age-range populations, populations who do not use standardized time measures, and an expanded set of behaviors. The innovations themselves include adding a more detailed set of timing cues, reorganizing the life history calendar's visual cues, and using new recording strategies. Together these new methods expand the applicability of this well-established data collection tool, increasing the opportunities for using life history calendars to study the timing and sequencing of life events.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/ssre.1998.0641

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Axinn, William G.
Pearce, Lisa D.
Ghimire, Dirgha J.

Year Published

1999

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

3

Pages

243-64

Reference ID

2359