Development and testing of records for longitudinal studies

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joyce Wilson Herndon (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Irwin Sperry

Abstract: One of the most important approaches to the understanding and appreciation of human development is the longitudinal study. This type of study follows a particular child over a number of years, noting his changing characteristics and adjustments. In the longitudinal approach, a student can see the growth of the individual in relation to conditioning factors and becomes aware of the sequence of phases of growth and change in the child. Such relationships are difficult to distinguish in other types of study. A long term view of the child's development will reveal many factors which might otherwise be unobserved. In order to study a child by this method, records of his development and information regarding the environment in which he has developed are necessary. Many such studies have been conducted in research centers throughout the country, Merrill-Palmer school being one of the foremost centers for this type of research.

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Language: English
Date: 1958
Child development $v Longitudinal studies
Human growth $v Longitudinal studies

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