Written in non-technical language, this popular and practical volume has been completely updated to bring readers the latest advice on major issues involved in longitudinal research. It covers: research design strategies; methods of data collection; and how longitudinal and cross-sectional research compares in terms of consistency and accuracy of results.


Longitudinal data have been collected at the national level for more than 300 years, beginning with the periodic censuses taken by New France (Canada) and continued in Quebec from 1665 until 1754. These were not the first censuses, but they did represent the first periodic collection of census data, as ...

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