A test of two methods of recall for violent events

Jennifer Roberts, Edward P. Mulvey, Julie Horney, John Lewis, Michael L. Arter

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This project took advantage of an opportunity to test the comparability of two different methods for collecting self-reports of violent incidents. Using a life events calendar (LEC) approach, we collected data from individuals about violent incidents that occurred within a 1-3-year prior time period. These individuals had been research participants in a previous study that collected information about violent incidents using prospective, weekly interviews. Results using the LEC method were compared with the weekly self-reports of violence for an overlapping recall period. This allowed us to see how well the recall of violent incidents at a later date mapped onto reports obtained within seven days of any incidents. Overall results show a significant amount of under-reporting using the life-event calendar methodology compared to the weekly interview approach, but some higher concordance of reporting was found for serious rather than minor violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-193
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Quantitative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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