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made all of the additions and changes necessary. After this validation, the revised copy became
the transcript that was analyzed during the data analysis phase.
The interviewing cycle took place during a 1-month period so interview participants
would remain fresh and keep a consistent voice when recalling their life histories. This technique
of limiting the amount of time to collect data is one way to maintain internal consistency,
although other aspects of a person's life can alter perceptions dramatically. Because of the
possibility of altered viewpoints, I discussed outside influences on the study and recorded that
information in an interview log to assess any confounding information.
Reliability and Credibility of Data
According to Langness (1965), the best test of reliability is the ability to predict what
people will do and say in a particular situation. That particular test of reliability will not work in
path analysis, since the focus is on the perception of each individual and how he or she defines
success. What Langness (1965) did suggest was a 3 point test:1) observation, 2) checking the
account of one participant against the other, and 3) asking the same questions of the same
participant repeatedly over a long period of time. While Techniques 1 and 2 were not valid for
this study, Technique 3 was employed to check reliability of information received during the in-
depth interviews. Questions about the same topic were repeated during the initial interview and
in subsequent interviews. I also noted the amount and type of clarification of each transcript,
noting whether the information was researcher- or participant initiated. When the original
transcript underwent changes, whether as a result of the researcher or the participant, a record of
the new transcript was used, noting who instigated the changes that were made and why.
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