Assessing the performance of the Swiss Panel LIVES Calendar: Evidence from a pilot study

TitleAssessing the performance of the Swiss Panel LIVES Calendar: Evidence from a pilot study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMorselli, D, Spini, D, Le Goff, J-M, Gauthier, J-A, Brändle, K, Mugnari, E, Dasoki, N, Roberts, C, Bernardi, L, Bühlmann, F, Ryser, V-A, Tillmann, R, Kühr, J, Bumbaru, A
JournalLIVES Working Papers
Volume2013
Issue28
Pagination1-56
PublisherNCCR LIVES
Place PublishedLausanne
Type of ArticleResearch paper
ISSN2296-1658
Keywordsadministration modes, life-history calendar, reliability, Swiss Household Panel, vulnerability
Abstract

The use of life-history calendar methods in survey research has been growing during the last couple of decades. This study presents a series of tests on the Swiss Panel LIVES Calendar (SPLC) aiming to understand the quality of the tool in collecting the expected data. The SPLC is a paper and pencil tool specifically designed for the first wave of the third sample of Swiss Household Panel to study life trajectories in relation to the concept of vulnerability. Thus, the SPLC is designed to be moderately standardized and relatively quick to complete, providing sufficient information on respondent’s life trajectories in the domains of residential moves, cohabitation, intimate relationship, family, occupation, and health. The performance of the tool has been assessed using coherence and completeness indicators and by comparing the data collected through different modes, different sub-samples of the populations, and a previous survey (Family tiMes) which used the calendar method. Results showed a good performance of the SPLC both in terms of internal coherence and completeness. SPLC data are robust across modes and comparable to life-history calendar data collected with interactive face-to-face interviews.

DOI10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2013.28
Citation Key835

Vulnerability across the life course: A theoretical framework and research directions

TitleVulnerability across the life course: A theoretical framework and research directions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSpini, D, Hanappi, D, Bernardi, L, Oris, M, Bickel, J-F
JournalLIVES Working Papers
Volume2013
Issue27
Pagination1-35
PublisherNCCR LIVES
Place PublishedLausanne
Type of ArticleResearch paper
ISSN2296-1658
Keywordslife course, process, resources, risks, social context, social policy, stress, vulnerability
Abstract

In this paper we aim at defining vulnerability in a life course perspective. We follow several steps to legitimate and define the concept of vulnerability as a new travelling concept for life course studies. We begin by presenting the social and historical context in which vulnerability emerges as a useful concept. Then we briefly analyse the current scientific production within the social sciences to determine whether vulnerability can be a heuristic concept for interdisciplinary research against other concepts like poverty, poverty and isolation in sociology, depression in psychology or frailty in gerontology for example. Finally, we review existing life course literature (theories of personality development, sociology of stress, accumulation of (dis)advantage) to propose a dynamic view of vulnerability in the long- and short-term and propose to put vulnerability on the research agenda based on the dynamic model of vulnerability, which is developed using the concepts of life trajectory and transition, resources, life events and stressors, and social context.

DOI10.12682/lives.2296-1658.2013.27
Citation Key832