Longitudinal Research on Individual Development: Present Status and Future Perspectives

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David Magnusson, Paul Casaer
Cambridge University Press, Dec 14, 2006 - Medical - 268 pages
Longitudinal research is an essential element in the investigation of human development over time, with considerable advantages over more widely used cross-sectional research designs. This book examines the scope for longitudinal studies in a range of developmental fields, emphasizing the advantages of this approach for the investigation of causal mechanisms and processes and the dynamics of development over the life-span. It also discusses methodological issues and some of the practical and ethical problems that longitudinal research may present. Contributors review normal and disordered development in the emotional, cognitive and social domains, including valuable discussions of gene-environment interactions, the maturation of the human brain and issues relating to aging.
 

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Contents

a longitudinal perspective
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2 Genes experience and development
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3 The human brain and longitudinalresearch in human development
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4 Longitudinal research and abiology of human braindevelopment and behaviour
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5 Cognitive social and emotionaldevelopment
75
some historical and current perspectives
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7 Developmental psychopathology as a research perspe
127
the power of combiningrealtime microgenetic andsimulation approaches
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empirical and theoretical issues
194
looking ahead
217
Index
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