“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Children as Self-Informants in Longitudinal Studies: Substantive Findings and Methodological Issues

Children as Self-Informants in Longitudinal Studies: Substantive Findings and Methodological Issues

Children as self-informants in longitudinal studies: Substantive findings and methodological issues


One of the first decisions researchers must make when planning a study involving children is whether to use a cross-sectional or longitudinal design. In other words, should a group or groups of children be observed just once or repeatedly over time? The answer largely depends on the purpose of the research. Longitudinal designs are generally preferred when questions about the development of children are of concern. Although developmental changes can be inferred by including children of different ages in a cross-sectional design, any variation observed across age groups may reflect cohort effects (characteristics common to a specific group) rather than individual level change.

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