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.

Designs for Longitudinal Data Collection

Not-Quite-Longitudinal Designs

In Chapter 1, longitudinal research was contrasted with pure cross-sectional research, in which data are collected only once, contemporaneously, for each variable for each case. Prospective panel, retrospective panel, and repeated cross-sectional designs were described. Some studies do not fall neatly ...

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