Journal article

Longitudinal surveys – unique opportunities and unique methodological challenges

P Lynn, M Couper, N Watson

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies | Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies | Published : 2019

Abstract

Readers of this journal should hardly need convincing that longitudinal surveys are uniquely valuable (Lynn, 2009a). Longitudinal surveys are able to collect detailed histories over much longer periods of time that would be possible using retrospective recall and are able to reduce recall error by collecting data relatively frequently. Expectations and intentions can be measured before key events take place and before recall of expectations is clouded by subsequent outcomes. When repeated measures are collected, longitudinal surveys enable the analysis of gross change and of unit-level dynamics, including the study of stability or instability. Such analysis approaches are highly informative ..

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