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Experience Sampling Method

Experience Sampling Method
Measuring the Quality of Everyday Life

August 2006 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Experience Sampling Method: Measuring the Quality of Everyday Life is the first book to bring together the theoretical foundations and practical applications of this indispensable methodology. Authors Joel M. Hektner, Jennifer A. Schmidt, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi provide fascinating information for anyone interested in how people go about their daily lives.

Key Features:  
  • Provides a step-by-step guide: In nontechnical prose, the book details the logistics of carrying out an Experience Sampling Method (ESM) study and guides the reader through every step of the process, from conceiving the research question to analyzing the data. In addition, a through treatment of the measurement of Csikszentmihalyi's flow describes all of the different ways in which flow can be measured.
  • Includes real-life examples: This book gives readers useful tips to consider before implementing a study, based on real-life examples. It illustrates how the ESM has been used to address a diverse array of topics in social science research including the phenomenology of everyday life, gender differences, family relations, work experiences, cross-cultural differences and similarities, school experiences, and mental health.
  • Offers a complete overview of the foundations for ESM: This is the first source to compile findings from a large and increasingly diverse research literature documenting the use of the ESM. A comprehensive overview is given of issues affecting reliability and validity of the method and empirical evidence of its psychometric properties.
Intended Audience:  
This is a must-have resource for social and behavioral scientists who are studying the human experience in everyday life and need guidelines for how to validate and present their data. It can also be used in various advanced undergraduate and graduate research methods courses in the departments of Education, Educational Psychology, Psychology, Nursing, and Health.

List of Tables and Figures
Part I: The Origins of ESM
Chapter 1: Epistemological Foundations for the Measurement of Experience
A Systematic Phenomenology  
The Experience Sampling Method  
A Brief History  
How Trustworthy Are Subjective Self-Reports?  
What Can We Learn From ESM?  
Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations of ESM
Biology, Culture, and Daily Behavior  
Subjective Experience in Context: The Interplay of Psychological Processes and Cognitive Functions  
Interaction of Individuals and Environments  
Experience Fluctuations, Well-Being, and Development  
A Theoretical Compass for Exploring Experience  
Part II: How to Measure the Quality of Everyday Life
Chapter 3: Collecting the Data
Designing a Study Using ESM  
Equipment and Signaling Schedules  
Designing the Form  
Other Design Decisions  
Implementing the Study  
Chapter 4: Dealing With the Data: Coding, Entry, Cleaning, and Data Management
Developing a Codebook  
Coding the External Coordinates of Experience  
Conding the Internal Coordinates of Experience  
What to Do With the Codes Once They Are Developed: Physically Coding and Entering the Data  
Setup, Cleaning, and Manipulation of Data Files  
Response-Level Data and Person-Level Data  
Postentry Data Manipulation  
Data File Management and Documentation  
Chapter 5: Types of Analyses
Qualitative Approaches  
Graphic and Numeric Descriptive Information  
Planning for Statistical Analyses  
OLS Statistical Techniques  
Multilevel and Other Complex Statistical Techniques  
Chapter 6: Psychometrics of ESM Data
Validity of Method  
Validity of ESM Measurements  
Reliability of ESM Measurements  
Part III: Uses of ESM in Social Science Research
Chapter 7: Samples of Experience
The Who, What, Where, When, and How of Daily Experiences  
Quality of Experience in Selected Activities  
Quality of Experience of Selected Groups of People  
Emotions, Well-Being, and Flow  
Chapter 8: The Experience of Males and Females
Differences in Activities  
Differences in Companionship  
Similiarities and Differences in Emotional Experience  
Other Gender Differences in Adolescence  
Chapter 9: The Experience of Family Life
Methodological Concerns and Variations  
The Couple Relationship  
The Arrival of the First Child  
Juggling Work and Family Roles  
The Adolescent's Experience of Family  
Transmission of Emotions Between Family Members  
Comparisons Between Families: Optimal Conditions for Adolescent Development  
Chapter 10: The Experience of Work
Methodological Concerns and Variations  
Time and Work  
The Quality of Experience at Work: General Trends  
The Quality of Experience Across Workers  
The Quality of Experience Across Work Activities  
The Intersection of Work and Family  
The Experience of Unemployment  
Adolescent Work  
Chapter 11: Examining Cross-Cultural Differences
Methodological Concerns and Variations  
Culture and Time Use  
Cross-Cultural Variation in General Affective Experience  
Culture and Subjective Experience in Various Activities  
Cross-Cultural Examination of Flow  
Studies of American Subcultures  
Chapter 12: Educational Applications
Methodological Concerns and Variations  
Time Use and Structure of Classrooms  
The Quality of Students' Classroom Experiences  
Comparing Students' Classroom Experiences  
After-School Programs  
Studies of Adult Learners  
The Experience of Teachers  
Chapter 13: Clinical Applications
Methodological Concerns and Variations  
Use of ESM for Describing and Contextualizing Experiences of Disorder  
Use of ESM in Therapy and in Treatment Evaluation  
Concluding Thoughts
Ten Major Issues ESM Illuminates  
Appendix A: Sample ESM Data Collection Forms (ESFs)
Appendix B: ESM Coding Scheme Used in the Sloan Study of Youth and Social Development
About the Authors

"This book provides interesting reading for students in research method courses and belongs on the must-read list of investigators who are considering the application of ESM to their own research."

Susan L. Trumbetta
Key features
  • A complete overview of the foundations for ESM;
  • A step-by-step guide for researchers designing and implementing an ESM study;
  • Useful tips to consider before implementing a study, based on real-life examples;
  • Specific uses for ESM in research, including coverage of gender, family life, work, cross-cultural differences, education, and clinical applications.


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