Calendar and Time Diary: Methods in Life Course 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. 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.

Introduction: The Application of Calendar and Time Diary Methods in the Collection of Life Course Data

Introduction: The Application of Calendar and Time Diary Methods in the Collection of Life Course Data

Robert F.BelliDuane F.AlwinFrank P.Stafford

To make important discoveries about the life course via the verbal reports that are elicited from survey respondents, social, health, and behavioral scientists are keenly aware that the quality of reports—and their ...

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