Faculty Publications

Title

Evaluating pdas for data collection in family research with non-professional couples

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Daily diary, Data collection, Work-family

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Community, Work and Family

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

57

Last Page

74

Abstract

Repeated measures designs such as daily diary methods provide flexibility for examinations of fluid phenomena. The focus of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) as data collection tools with an end of the day (EOD) diary design and a non-professional sample. Participants reported the PDA was easy to use, convenient and enhanced the privacy of their responses. The PDAs minimized data entry errors and increased the data validity because responses were time stamped. Given the overall positive nature of participant reactions and the additional data PDAs make available to the researcher, the technology is recommended for further use in collecting data with non-professionals or in other couple or family research.

Original Publication Date

2-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1080/13668800601110785

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