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Evaluating a visual timeline methodology for appraisal and coping research

Mazzetti, Angela; Blenkinsopp, John


Angela Mazzetti

John Blenkinsopp


Theoretical models of stress have become increasingly sophisticated, recognizing the importance of context and history, yet the principal data‐gathering method used by researchers remains the self‐report questionnaire, a method which is conspicuously ill suited to obtaining data which would allow for exploration of these factors. In this article, we explore the use of visual methods as an alternative to traditional methods, presenting the findings of a study designed to test the utility of a visual timeline technique. A key contribution of this article is the application of an alternative technique for researching stress appraisal and coping. The technique conferred a number of benefits that may not have been provided by more conventional approaches, making it a suitable basis for the exploration of stress appraisal and coping. A further contribution is the identification of a straightforward process for analysing the visual data produced.


Mazzetti, A., & Blenkinsopp, J. (2012). Evaluating a visual timeline methodology for appraisal and coping research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(4), 649-665. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02060.x

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2012
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2012
Publication Date 2012-12
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal Of Occupational And Organizational Psychology
Print ISSN 0963-1798
Electronic ISSN 2044-8325
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 85
Issue 4
Pages 649-665
Keywords Applied Psychology; Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mazzetti, A. and Blenkinsopp, J. (2012), Evaluating a visual timeline methodology for appraisal and coping research. J Occup Organ Psychol, 85: 649–665, which has been published in final form at . doi:10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02060.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving


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