Life History Calendar


Life History Calendar


The Life History Calendar was a structured interview utilizing a grid-like format to facilitate rapid and accurate recall, on a month-to-month basis, of life events experienced by young adults. Categories of life events included arrests, imprisonment, disability, victimization, and deaths.

WAVE 2: The Life History Calendar (PDF 3.6MG) was administered to Cohort 18.


Freedman, D., Thornton, A., Camburn, D., Alwin, D. & Young-DeMarco, L. (1988). The life history calendar: A technique for collecting retrospective data. Sociological Methodology, 37-68.

Related Internet Resources

Freedman, et. al. cited journal article at JSTOR

PHDCN Administration

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