What are the most effective methods for doing life course research? The field's founders and leaders answer this question, giving readers tips on: the art and method of the appropriate research design; the collection of life-history data; and the search for meaningful patterns to be found in the results.

Strategies for Analysis


Part III of this book focuses on the analysis and interpretation of life course data. To derive meaningful interpretations of why life course patterns vary or change from one period to another, it is necessary to engage in comparisons that will isolate determining factors. Three major strategies for analysis are included in Part III. They differ by whether they focus on differences in events and trajectories within individuals, among individuals sharing a common personal characteristic, or across groups of individuals who have experienced a common historical or economic environment. As in Part II on data collection and measurement, we have arranged the chapters of Part III in an ascending order of generality beginning with Clausen's chapter on the life review, continuing with ...

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