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.
Event history data consist of sequences of qualitatively different states occupied by the participants during the observation period, as well as the timing of transitions from one state to another. Such data can be analyzed by focusing on the occurrence of particular approaches (as was done in Chapter 6), but also by examining event histories as wholes. This chapter presents several approaches to ...