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

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Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE; Thornton, A; Freedman, D; Amell, JW; Harrington, H; Smeijers, J; Silva, PA
Published in: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
January 1, 1996

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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International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

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ISSN

1049-8931

Publication Date

January 1, 1996

Volume

6

Issue

2

Start / End Page

101 / 114

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychiatry
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Thornton, A., Freedman, D., Amell, J. W., Harrington, H., … Silva, P. A. (1996). The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 6(2), 101–114. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1234-988X(199607)6:2<101::AID-MPR156>3.3.CO;2-E
Caspi, A., T. E. Moffitt, A. Thornton, D. Freedman, J. W. Amell, H. Harrington, J. Smeijers, and P. A. Silva. “The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data.” International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research 6, no. 2 (January 1, 1996): 101–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1234-988X(199607)6:2<101::AID-MPR156>3.3.CO;2-E.
Caspi A, Moffitt TE, Thornton A, Freedman D, Amell JW, Harrington H, et al. The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 1996 Jan 1;6(2):101–14.
Caspi, A., et al. “The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data.” International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, vol. 6, no. 2, Jan. 1996, pp. 101–14. Scopus, doi:10.1002/(SICI)1234-988X(199607)6:2<101::AID-MPR156>3.3.CO;2-E.
Caspi A, Moffitt TE, Thornton A, Freedman D, Amell JW, Harrington H, Smeijers J, Silva PA. The Life History Calendar: A Research and clinical assessment method for collecting retrospective event-history data. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 1996 Jan 1;6(2):101–114.
Journal cover image

Published In

International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

DOI

ISSN

1049-8931

Publication Date

January 1, 1996

Volume

6

Issue

2

Start / End Page

101 / 114

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychiatry
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences