This accessible introduction to the theory and practice of longitudinal research takes the reader through the strengths and weaknesses of this kind of research, making clear: how to design a longitudinal study; how to collect data most effectively; how to make the best use of statistical techniques; and how to interpret results. Although the book provides a broad overview of the field, the focus is always on the practical issues arising out of longitudinal research. This book supplies the student with all that they need to get started and acts as a manual for dealing with opportunities and pitfalls. It is the ideal primer for this growing area of social research.

Issues in Discrete-time Panel Analysis

This chapter deals with the analysis of change when the data are collected at discrete time points (as in a panel study). There are several important problems that impede straightforward analysis and interpretation of apparent across-wave change. One of these is the presumed unreliability of change scores. The across-time difference between two measures of a particular variable is a natural measure of the amount of change that has ...

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