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A lifecourse perspective on experiences of parental marital disruption and changing family relations through the use of life narrative and life history calendar methods

Sage, Joanna, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2012) A lifecourse perspective on experiences of parental marital disruption and changing family relations through the use of life narrative and life history calendar methods At Annual meeting of the British Society for Population Studies, United Kingdom. 10 - 12 Sep 2012.

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Abstract

This paper outlines a qualitative lifecourse study involving 42 participants, which examined the effects of parental marital disruption occurring at different stages of the lifecourse on the quality of participants’ relationships with their parents, and their willingness to provide care for them as they grow older. The longitudinal perspective adopted in this study responds to the lack of research tracing the outcomes of divorce for children across their lifecourse (particularly beyond young adulthood), and our findings have revealed that this was a significant gap in the literature. A qualitative lifecourse research framework such as the one applied in this study necessarily involves the retrospective collection of information about events unfolding over long periods of time, and memory recall can compromise the robustness of these data. We describe in this paper how we overcame this through an innovative approach involving the use of life history calendar, life narrative and semi-structured interview methods. This enabled us to accurately record the timing of marital disruption events in participants’ lives, while eliciting narrative data about the meanings and effects of these experiences across their lifecourses. The research highlights how such an approach can instil rigour in population studies seeking to elicit retrospective data on the intersections of events, changing family relations, and intergenerational exchange frameworks across the lifecourse.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 12 September 2012
Venue - Dates: Annual meeting of the British Society for Population Studies, United Kingdom, 2012-09-10 - 2012-09-12
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 344933
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344933
PURE UUID: 9d4d8688-b787-4556-bac0-b11650e81073

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Date deposited: 08 Nov 2012 09:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:12

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Author: Joanna Sage
Author: Maria Evandrou
Author: Jane Falkingham

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