Reporting of life events over time: Methodological issues in a longitudinal sample of women

Pachana, Nancy A., Brilleman, Sam L. and Dobson, Annette J. (2011) Reporting of life events over time: Methodological issues in a longitudinal sample of women. Psychological Assessment, 23 1: 277-281. doi:10.1037/a0021337


Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Brilleman, Sam L.
Dobson, Annette J.
Title Reporting of life events over time: Methodological issues in a longitudinal sample of women
Journal name Psychological Assessment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-3590
1939-134X
Publication date 2011-03-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0021337
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 277
End page 281
Total pages 5
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract The number of life events reported by study participants is sensitive to the method of data collection and time intervals under consideration. Individual characteristics also influence reporting; respondents with poor mental health report more life events. Much current research on life events is cross-sectional. Data from a longitudinal study of women's health from 4 waves over a decade suggest that over time additional systematic biases in reporting life events occur. Inconsistency over time is due to both fall-off of reporting and telescoping. Intracategory variability and ambiguity of items, as well as respondent characteristics, also potentially contribute to response biases. Although some factors (e.g., item wording) are controllable, others (e.g., respondents' mental health) are not and must be factored into data analysis and interpretation.
Keyword Life events
Longitudinal data
Intracategory variability
Fall-off
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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