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Title: LONGITUDINAL APPROACH - PROBLEMS AND POSSIBILITIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Author(s): C JANSON
Corporate Author: University of Stockholm
Sweden
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 67
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden
Publication Number: RESEARCH REPORT N 9
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Annotation: AN ILLUSTRATION OF LONGITUDINAL POSSIBILITIES, THIS REPORT BRIEFLY OUTLINES DEFINITIONS OF LONGITUDINAL STUDY AND EXAMINES METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES: AGE, RESTROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE DATA, AND FADING RELEVANCE.
Abstract: THE RESEARCH-TECHNICAL USAGE FOR THE TERM 'TECHNOLOGICAL' IS PREFERRED FOR THIS REPORT; THE DEFINITION IS DIAGRAMMED IN A TABLE. WITH THIS DEFINITION, THREE PROBLEMS OF LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH ARE CONSIDERED. FIRST, FORMAL RELATIONS BETWEEN AGE, PERIOD, AND COHORT (POPULATION) EFFECTS ARE DISCUSSED WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO BECKER'S DIAGRAM. SECOND, ATTEMPTS TO SHORTEN THE PERIOD OF DATA COLLECTION ARE DEALT WITH IN A DISCUSSION OF PROSPECTIVE AND RETROSPECTIVE APPROACHES AND DATA. THIRD, THE PROBLEM OF MAINTAINING THE THEORETICAL RELEVANCE OF PROTRACTED RESEARCH IS POSED. FINALLY, THE COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGES OF LONGITUDINAL STUDIES ARE RAISED IN CONTRAST TO THOSE OF CASE STUDIES, CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES, EXPERIMENTS, PANELS, FOLLOWUP STUDIES, AND CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDIES. A TABLE SUMMARIZES THE APPROACHES, AND AN UNSPECIFIED MODEL IS OFFERED TO ILLUSTRATE THE POSSIBLITIES OF A LONGITUDINAL PROJECT. NOTES AND REFERENCES ARE SUPPLIED. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Longitudinal studies; Research design; Research methods
Note: PROJECT METROPOLITAN
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