The event history calendar is a conversational interviewing approach that is designed to collect retrospective reports of events and the timing of their occurrences for reference periods that can range from several months to an entire life course. Different researchers have used different terms, including life history calendar, life events calendar, crime calendar, life events matrix, and neighborhood history calendar.
The primary aim of the event history calendar approach is to maximize the accuracy of autobiographical recall. Just as event history calendars represent the past both thematically and temporally, the structure of autobiographical knowledge is believed to be organized in a similar fashion. Theoretically, the thematic and temporal associations of events within the structure of autobiographical knowledge afford retrieval cues that can be implemented in ...
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