Developmental Follow-up : Concepts, Domains and Methods
This work provides a theoretical and methodological exploration of longitudinal studies on child development. Covering areas from experimental design and data analysis to recent examples of longitudinal research findings, this text is a guide to rethinking issues and strategies for future research. Five sections cover theoretical perspectives, domains of longitudinal research, sources of data, experimental design and data analysis.
- Paperback | 412 pages
- 148 x 227 x 19mm | 554g
- 01 May 1995
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
Table of contents
From the past to the future of developmental follow-up research; developmental theory, prediction, and the developmental equation in follow-up research; ecological perspectives on longitudinal follow-up studies; developmental research in behavioural teratology - effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on child development; health surveillance and the development of children; early cognitive development and the contribution of peer interaction - a Piagetian view; expanding the boundaries of evaluation - strategies for refining and evaluating ill-defined interventions; developmental psychopathology and multiplex developmental disorder; developmental follow-up strategies - assessing child psychopathology in developmental follow-up studies; parents as scientific observers of their children's development; assessment of cognitive and language functioning - a developmental perspective; environmental issues in developmental follow-up research. Experimental design and data analysis: the special methodological problems of childhood developmental follow-up studies - focus on planning; methodological considerations and strategies for studying the longterm follow-up of early intervention; modeling duration and the timing of events - using survival analysis in longterm follow-up studies; towards a developmental epidemiology; developmental epidemiology; child care and child development - the NICHD study of early child care.
"Longitudinal research is expensive, time consuming, fraught with pitfalls, and plain hard work. However, the amount of rich information that results justifies the effort. Developmental Follow-Up is a fine volume. I recommend it to developmental researchers who are in the midst of longitudinal studies, to others who are thinking about initiating longitudinal research, and to still others who only engage in cross-sectional research. Overall, the material in this book is sound enough to convince even die-hard skeptics... The volume is nicely balanced in terms of content... This book will be a worthy addition to the libraries of developmentally oriented clinicians, researchers, and graduate students. The content is informative and clear."--Claire B. Kopp, in CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY