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The Relationship Timeline:  A Method for the Study of Shared Lived Experiences in Relational Contexts

de Vries, B, LeBlanc, AJ, Frost, D, Alston-Stepnitz, E, Stephenson, R and Woodyatt, C (2016) The Relationship Timeline:  A Method for the Study of Shared Lived Experiences in Relational Contexts Advances in Life Course Research.

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Abstract

Lifeline methods—graphic illustrations of the pathways of lived experience traveled by individuals from birth to anticipated death—have been useful in the study of lived experience. Existing lifeline methods and research focus on the individual experience; absent from this literature are the collective experiences of those in intimate relationships. In this paper, based on our research with 120 same-sex couples, we present a method to allow for the joint creation of relationship timelines, which serve as the basis for eliciting dyadic data in multiple forms: graphic representations of relationship development through couples’ creation of a timeline of key events and periods; qualitative narratives of couples’ shared experiences; and quantitative ratings of significant events and periods in their lives together. Lessons learned from the application of this Relationship Timeline Method are discussed, as are implications for future study of the shared lived experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
de Vries, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
LeBlanc, AJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Frost, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Alston-Stepnitz, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stephenson, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Woodyatt, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 July 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.alcr.2016.07.002
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : timelines; shared experiences; dyadic data; life course
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Aug 2016 13:13
Last Modified : 29 Nov 2016 18:43
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811769

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