Asking the Experts: Developing and Validating Parental Diaries to Assess Children’s Minor Injuries

Boddy, Janet and Smith, Marjorie (2008) Asking the Experts: Developing and Validating Parental Diaries to Assess Children’s Minor Injuries. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11 (1). pp. 63-77. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

The methodological issues involved in parental reporting of events in children’s everyday lives are discussed with reference to the development and validation of an incident diary, collecting concurrent data on minor injuries in a community study of children under eight years old. Eighty‐two mothers participated in a comparison over nine days of daily telephone interviews and structured incident diaries. Telephone methods resulted in more missing data, and participants in both groups expressed a preference for the diary method. This diary was then validated on a sample of 56 preschool and school‐aged children by comparing injury recording by a research health visitor with that of their mothers. Each failed to report some injuries, but there was good agreement overall, and in descriptive data on injuries reported by both. Parental diaries have the potential to provide rich data, of acceptable validity, on minor events in everyday life.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767.8 Children. Child development Including child rearing, child life, play, socialisation, children's rights
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0370 Diseases of children and adolescents
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Depositing User: Cecilia Kimani
Date Deposited: 11 May 2012 10:35
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 15:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39291
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