Variability in daily time use: methodological considerations in the use of time diaries for children

Ziviani, J., Lim, C., Jendra-Smith, D. and Nolan, D-N. (2008) Variability in daily time use: methodological considerations in the use of time diaries for children. Journal of Occupational Science, 15 2: 111-116.


Author Ziviani, J.
Lim, C.
Jendra-Smith, D.
Nolan, D-N.
Title Variability in daily time use: methodological considerations in the use of time diaries for children
Journal name Journal of Occupational Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-7591
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 111
End page 116
Total pages 6
Place of publication South Australia
Publisher University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Abstract The temporal aspect of children’s occupations lends significance to the study of their time-use patterns. Such investigations can potentially inform researchers about the contribution of occupational engagement to children’s developmental outcomes. Time Diary Method (TDM) is commonly used to collect children’s time-use data and involves detailed recording of activities for a limited number of days. The aim of this study is to refine this method by determining 1) the variability in activities performed by children between weekend days and across weekdays; and 2) the number and configuration of days sampled using TDM that are most representative of children’s time-use patterns. To this end, a secondary data analysis was performed on 7-day time-diaries of 71 children from Brisbane, Australia. It was determined that sampling Friday, one weekend day, and one day from Monday to Thursday would yield the most representative data on children’s weekly time-use. These findings contribute to refining time-use data collection methods for future research.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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