Odette Parry, Carolyn Thomson
and Gerry Fowkes (1999)
'Life Course Data Collection: Qualitative Interviewing using the Life
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Received: 23/03/99 Accepted: 28/06/99 Published: 30/6/99
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Figure 1:This table illustrates a section of grid prepared for
born in 1915. Follow the hyperlink to see completed grid for a
second respondent [195k].
Interviewer: 'How old were you when you left school in Edinburgh?'
R08: '16 '
Interviewer: 'So that would be about 1947? Does that sound right?'
R08: 'Oh I need paper and pencil for that one'.
Interviewer: 'According to the, I've got the grid here, it says 1947, does that sound right?'
Interviewer: 'So she was born when?'
R01: 'Well I'm nearly five years older than her.'
Interviewer: 'So she was born in 1923, would that be right?'
R01: 'My other sister.'
Interviewer: 'Yes your half sister...'
R16: 'I got married in 1957.'
Interviewer: '1957 right, you were 30 ?'
R16: '30 yeah, mm hm.'
Interviewer: 'So you stopped, work when you got married ?'
R16: 'I stopped work when, well I worked for 2 years, because I didn't have David till 1960.'
Interviewer: 'Right so you stopped work then when he was born ?
R16: 'Mm hm, that's right.'
Interviewer: 'Right when did you have the heart attack ?'
R14: 'Well my worst one was 68 I think.'
Interviewer: '68, right heart attack then that's when you were..'
Interviewer: 'Oh right I've got, that's right.'
R14: 'No wait a minute it must have - 71, wait till I calculate this out, my oldest son was killed in 1970.'
Interviewer: 'Oh right.'
R14: '71, I've a feeling I had it then.'
Interviewer: '1971 you would have been 55.'
R14: 'No I'm all mixed up I need to, my oldest son was killed in 1970 I work everything back from that.'
Interviewer: 'Oh right, right.'
R14: 'Alison was married in 1971, Sheila was married in 1979 .... wait a minute 69 no 79, she couldn't have married in 69 don't be ridiculous, if she was born in 81, how old would her oldest daughter be ?'
R14: '17, she was born in 79, I had my first heart attack in 81.'
Interviewer: '81 right.'
R14: 'That works, sorry.'
Interviewer: 'Was this before you had the breast cancer then ?'
R16: 'Just a minute now, no it was after I had the breast cancer. I had the breast cancer in 1990 eh, so I'd be 60, right ?'
R16: '60 cause this is 1998. So it's 6 er 8 years since I've had the breast cancer that was 1990.'
Interviewer: 'So you'd have been 63.'
R16: 'That's right I'm getting you all mixed up.'
Interviewer: 'I see from the grid that you stopped smoking when you were living in Leeds, was that right ? You said it was between 64 and 68 ? So it would be the same time you were living in Leeds.'
R19: 'Ah no, here it's a good job you pointed that... actually em, no, I stopped smoking before I went to Leeds, it must have been between 62, 64 then this happened. Sorry about that.'
Interviewer: 'That's fine.'
R19: 'It's just that you bring, I should have had my diary, well that wouldn't be in my diary anyway because I wouldn't show that one.
Interviewer: 'No that's fine, this is the very reason why we use the grids. They are clever.'
R19: 'No you're quite right, I didn't smoke while I was in Leeds. Quite right, yes.'
Interviewer: 'You stopped before then?'
R19: 'Yes I stopped before then.'
R18: 'Eh 5 years I moved to Edinburgh.'
Interviewer: 'Moved to Edinburgh, right, okay and did you carry on working in the Civil Service ?'
R18: 'Civil Service, yes uh huh.'
Interviewer: 'How long did you work there for ?'
R18: 'Oh dear, 27 years.'
Interviewer: 'So you left in 1977.'
R18: 'That's correct.'
Interviewer: 'Is that right, yeah.'
R18: 'Yes uh huh.'
Interviewer: 'That would be when you were 60, that's when you retired.'
R18: 'That's when I retired, that's correct.'
Interviewer: 'Got it all worked out here you see.'
R18: 'Well done, aye, it's a massive sheet that.'
Interviewer: 'Now how old were you when you left school ?'
Interviewer: '1947 according to my grid. So what did you do when you left school ?
R13: Eh I went into insurance and then I was called up of course, and that's when I started smoking.'
Interviewer: 'Right, right so when were you called up ?' R13: 'In 1948.'
Interviewer: '1948 right and that's when you started smoking ?'
R13: 'Everybody did.'
Interviewer: '1981 was when you gave up, right?'
R21: 'Yep, I had my heart attack. Before that I was a heavy smoker'
R01: 'Because well, they told me in 1968 of course when I got my first breast off to stop smoking and all that, but I just carried on (smoking).'
R16: 'I smoked them (super kings) and they were getting more expensive too, but it's when I moved here that I stopped smoking.'
Interviewer: 'When did you move to this house ?'
R16: 'Here, well, 1990 I think it would be, no, no, wait a minute, 1990 em I think, 1994, when I took the first heart attack I was here so it must have been 1993 I was here.'
R27: 'My lad was born on the October, so I gave it up between Christmas and October.'
Interviewer: 'Right, did you'
R27: 'I only smoked the pipe after about twice I think.
Interviewer: 'Really, right, so what was it made you give up ?'
R27: 'Mostly money.'
Interviewer: 'Yeah, Did cigarettes become more expensive around that time ?
R27: 'Oh aye, I mean within a year the tax went on them.'
Interviewer: 'When you first tried to give up in the 60's were most of your friends still smoking then or not ? Had any of them given up?'
R10: 'Yes I think they would be (smoking). I don't think any of them gave up. Not until later on.'
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