The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data


Journal Article

This article describes the Life History Calendar (LHC), a data-collection method for obtaining reliable retrospective data about life events and activities. The LHC method was developed in the context of longitudinal research to record central events that can occur in a respondent's life. The LHC can be used as both a research and a clinical assessment method. As a research instrument, the LHC can be used to collect detailed event-history data for analyzing life-course dynamics. As a clinical instrument, the LHC can be used both as an assessment tool and as a therapeutic guide. In this article, we explain the need for a LHC when studying life-course dynamics; describe the advantages of the LHC method; present data about the validity of the LHC; describe research and clinical uses of the LHC; and discuss the design of the LHC and offer suggestions about how to tailor LHC's for unique research and clinical purposes. © 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE; Thornton, A; Freedman, D; Amell, JW; Harrington, H; Smeijers, J; Silva, PA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-8931

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(SICI)1234-988X(199607)6:2<101::AID-MPR156>3.3.CO;2-E

Citation Source

  • Scopus