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Calendar and Time Diary Methods in Life Course Research
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Calendar and Time Diary Methods in Life Course Research



October 2008 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Calendar and Diary Methods in Life Methods Research is the first book to provide a road map to using both calendar and diary methods in research. An ideal tool for examining issues related to these up-and-coming approaches to data collection, the book is also a helpful resource for readers who interpret literature based on calendar and diary research.

Introductory chapters cement the placement of calendar and time diary methods within life course research, expanding the book's orientation beyond a description of methods into an understanding of the value of these methods. Chapters from well-known contributors from an array of disciplines include examples of ways these methods can be used in the social, health, and behavioral sciences, assess their use in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and deal with measuring and assessing data quality. A final chapter reviews key themes and discusses future directions for research.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the common problems, solutions, and strategies that have been faced by researchers who collect data via calendar and time diary methods through a range of examples from internationally known contributors
  • Includes qualitative and quantitative approaches, and, when possible, discusses how the various paradigms may complement each other
  • Offers examples of using the methods in face-to-face and telephone interviewing, in self-administered data collection, and with instruments designed in paper and pencil and computerized formats
  • Provides a brief introductory section for each part of the book that orients readers to the importance of the upcoming chapters
  • Concludes each part with "For Further Thought" essays that provide practical advice on how to develop and implement calendar and time diary instruments and encourage readers to explore critical issues concerning the applications of these methods

Calendar and Diary Methods in Life Events Research is appropriate for courses such as Survey Research and Methodology, Data Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and Qualitative Methods in departments of sociology, psychology, nursing, communication, education, and economics.


Robert F. Belli, Duane F. Alwin, and Frank P. Stafford
1. The Application of Calendar and Time Diary Methods in the Collection of Life Course Data
 
PART I. FOUNDATIONS
Frank P. Stafford
2. Timeline Data Collection and Analysis: Time Diary and Event History Calendar Methods
Robert F. Belli and Mario Callegaro
3. The Emergence of Calendar Interviewing: A Theoretical and Empirical Rationale
 
PART II. VARIATIONS IN THE COLLECTION AND APPLICATION OF CALENDAR, DIARY, AND TIME-USE DATA
Sangeeta Agrawal, Mark B. Sobell, and Linda Carter Sobell
4. The Timeline Followback: A Scientifically and Clinically Useful Tool for Assessing Substance Use
Kristy K. Martyn
5. Adolescent Health Research and Clinical Assessment Using Self-Administered Event History Calendars
Elaine Wethington and David M. Almeida
6. Assessment of Stressor Exposure Using Telephone Diaries: The Daily Inventory of Stressful Events
Polly A. Phipps and Margaret K. Vernon
7. Twenty-Four Hours: An Overview of the Recall Diary Method and Data Quality in the American Time Use Survey
 
PART III. DATA QUALITY ASSESSMENTS OF CALENDAR AND DIARY INSTRUMENTS
Mieko Yoshihama
8. Application of the Life History Calendar Approach: Understanding Women's Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Over the Life Course
Norbert Schwarz, Daniel Kahneman, & Jing Xu
9. Global and Episodic Reports of Hedonic Experience
Brian Rowan, Eric Camburn, and Richard Correnti
10. Using Time Diaries to Study Instruction in Schools
Jennifer Roberts and Edward P. Mulvey
11. Reports of Life Events by Individuals at High Risk for Violence
Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder
12. Time Use in the Older Population: Variation by Socioeconomic Status and Health
Robert F. Belli, Sherman A. James, John Van Hoewyk, and Kirsten H. Alcser
13. The Implementation of a Computerized Event History Calendar Questionnaire for Research in Life Course Epidemiology
 
PART IV. METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN THE RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, AND COLLECTION OF TIME-BASED DATA
Arthur A. Stone and Joan E. Broderick
14. Protocol Compliance in Real-time Data Collection Studies: Findings and Implications
Wil Dijkstra, Johannes H. Smit, and Yfke P. Ongena
15. An Evaluation Study of the Event History Calendar
Duane F. Alwin
16. Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Timeline and Event History Data
 
PART V. LOOKING AHEAD
Frank P. Stafford and Robert F. Belli
17. Future Directions in Calendar and Time Diary Methods

currently using with a doc student in her dissertation using time diary methods.

Anna Wilson
Education Dept, Chapman University - Orange
October 26, 2009
Key features

§ Qualitative and quantitative approaches are included in the text and, when possible, the editors and contributors discuss how each paradigm may complement the other.

§ To make the volume even more cohesive, each part of the book includes a brief introductory section that guides readers as to the importance of the upcoming chapters.

§ Each part concludes with an annotated bibliography and/or reflective questions to assist graduate students and scholars in grasping important elements from each part.

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