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Jorge Delva, Paula Allen-Meares, and Sandra L. Momper

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382501.001.0001

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Conducting Longitudinal Studies

Conducting Longitudinal Studies

(p.60) 4 Conducting Longitudinal Studies
Cross-Cultural Research

Jorge Delva

Paula Allen-Meares

Sandra L. Momper

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we present two examples of longitudinal studies. Both studies utilize an etic–emic approach and both are underway in urban, cosmopolitan areas. In both studies the etic approach stems from the use of standardized, previously validated instruments and a design that called for a specific research protocol. We describe how the emic perspective was incorporated into the respective projects through a detailed discussion of how positive working partnerships were formed and maintained and the ways by which the questionnaires were constructed, pilot tested, and revised. We note that for both projects being culturally sensitive to the populations had more to do with our paying attention and being sensitive to language, gender, age, race and ethnicity, and poverty. In this chapter we also provide a brief conceptual discussion of data analytic considerations for longitudinal data.

Keywords:   cohort, longitudinal, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug use, adolescents, parents, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ecological, neighborhoods, biomarkers, ecological factors, life course perspective, university–community collaboration, interdependence of observations, latent growth models

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