Survey designs for longitudinal research

Elisabetta Ruspini

in The gender dimension of social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343321
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303824 | DOI:
Survey designs for longitudinal research

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This chapter provides a context for the longitudinal analysis. ‘Longitudinal’ is an imprecise term that implies repeated measurements of the observations made on a certain number of occasions. It uses different methods that can be used to collect longitudinal data. Longitudinal data is defined as data, gathered during the observation of subjects, on a number of variables over time. Longitudinal refers to the particular type of relations between phenomena: the type of which evolves over the course of time and is termed diachronic. In sum, longitudinal research collects information about the temporal evolution of individual behaviour and ensures that the same individual will be involved each time. The term ‘longitudinal’ as it is used in this chapter describes what can be defined as the minimum common denominator of those methods which aim to reveal the flux of social change. This chapter discusses the different designs of longitudinal researches. It discusses repeated cross-sectional surveys, panel designs, consumer panels, prospective panels and cohort panels. The chapter also discusses longitudinal researches such as rotating and split panels, linked or administrative panels, event oriented design, and ‘qualitative’ longitudinal sources.

Keywords: longitudinal analysis; longitudinal data; longitudinal research; repeated cross-sectional surveys; panel designs; consumer panels; prospective panels; rotating and split panels; linked or administrative panels; event oriented design

Chapter.  11382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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