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Using occupational history calendars to capture lengthy and complex working lives: a mixed method approach with older people

Porcellato, LA, Carmichael, F and Hulme, C (2014) Using occupational history calendars to capture lengthy and complex working lives: a mixed method approach with older people. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19 (3). pp. 269-286. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

Accurately documenting the occupational biographies of older people can be challenging given their lengthy duration and the complexity of contemporary employment. This paper shows how a traditionally quantitative occupational history calendar (OHC) instrument can be adapted for use in a mixed methods research design, to gather in-depth information about long working lives. The OHCs were embedded within semi-structured interviews and recorded lifetime work histories of between 33 and 53 years for 56 participants. Sequence analysis of the calendar data was undertaken in parallel to thematic analysis of interview transcripts. This included in-depth exploration of the factors motivating occupational changes and transitions and their impact in older age. Mixing methods allowed us to collate data over relatively long periods of time and enabled an examination of the complex interplay between work, family and personal circumstances that shapes employment histories. Selected research findings are used to demonstrate how this tool can effectively facilitate the exploration of long working lives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Social Research Methodology on 17/12/14, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13645579.2014.988005
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2018 18:52
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13645579.2014.988005
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8301

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