Longitudinal research is a broad field in which substantial advances have been made over the past decade. Unlike many of the existing books that only address the analysis of information. The Handbook of Longitudinal Research covers design and measurement as well as the data analysis. Designed for use by a wide-ranging audience, this Handbook not only includes perspective on the methodological and data analysis problems in longitudinal research but it also includes contributors' data sets that enable readers who lack sophisticated statistics skills to move from theories about longitudinal data into practice. As the comprehensive reference, this Handbook has no direct competition as most books in this subject area are more narrowly specialized and are pitched at a high mathematical level.

Key Features

*Contributors and subject areas are interdisciplinary to reach the broadest possible audience (i.e., psychology, epidemiology, and economics research fields) *Summary material will be included for less sohisticated readers *Extensive coverage is provided of traditional advanced topics


Graduate level students, instructors, and practicing researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. Secondary market in related fields like epidemiology and biomedical research.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I. Longitudinal Research Designs 1. Introduction: Longitudinal Research Design and Analysis Scott Menard 2. Using National Census Data to Study Change Margo Anderson 3. Repeated Cross-Sectional Research: The General Social Surveys Tom W. Smith 4. Structuring the National Crime Victim Survey for Use in Longitudinal Analysis Lawrence Hotchkiss and Ronet Bachman 5. The Mellennium Cohort Study and Mature National Birth Cohorts in Britain Heather E. Joshi 6. Retrospective Longitudinal Research: The German Life History Study Karl Ulrich Mayer Part II. Measurement Issues in Longitudinal Research 7. Respondent Recall Jennifer K. Grotpeter 8. A Review and Summary of Studies on Panel Conditioning David Cantor 9. Reliability Issues in Longitudinal Research Toon W. Taris 10. Orderly Changes in a Stable World: The Antisocial Trait as a Chimera Gerald R. Patterson 11. Minimizing Panel Attrition Heather Laurie 12. Nonignorable Nonresponse in Longitudinal Studies E. Michael Foster and Anna Krivelyova Part III. Descriptive and Causal Analysis in Longitudinal Research 13. Graphical Techniques for Exploratory and Confirmatory Analyses of Longitudinal Data Garrett M. Fitzmaurice 14. Separating Age, Period, and Cohort Effects in Developmental and Historical Research Scott Menard 15. An Introduction to Pooling Cross-Sectional and Time Series Data John L. Worrall 16. Dynamic Models


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About the editor

Scott Menard

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA.


"The Handbook of Longitudinal Research provides a set of chapters that treat the topic of longitudinal research in an informative and comprehensive fashion. With an increasing emphasis on accountability and evaluation for funded programs and for the precision that more sophisticated questions demands, this collection of chapters provides a valuable resource." --Neil J. Salkind Studio B "This is an impressively thorough treatment of important issues in design and analysis of longitudinal research. It will serve as a definitive handbook. The first chapter is particularly useful as guidance for the selection of analytic methods that are presented in detail in subsequent chapters." --Dr. Rebecca Warner University of New Hampshire "Menard has assembled an excellent collection of essays (all but three are original contributions) on a wide array to topics related to longitudinal research. Whether you are a novice to longitudinal research or a seasoned veteran, this collection will prove to be a valuable resource, with topics ranging from basic methodological issues (e.g., respondent recall, panel attrition, and panel conditioning) to advanced analytical concerns (e.g., spectral analysis, latent growth curve analysis, and discrete time event history analysis)." --Finn Esbensen University of Missouri-St. Louis "The Handbook of Longitudinal Research will be an invaluable reference for organizational scientists engaged in serious longitudinal work. In particular, it should prove quite useful for designing investigations of organizational change—an arena where the use of longitudinal research designs has become essential." --Richard W. Woodman Texas A & M University