Longitudinal Studies


Longitudinal studies can provide vital information about human development throughout the lifespan by gathering data on individuals over a long period of time – many years.

All the studies listed in the attachment can be classified as longitudinal studies but each one is quite different to the next.

Create your own overview of the contributions of each of these longitudinal studies, using the attached table and embedded links.

You may print the sheet, or complete it electronically, & save it to your student drive.

In order to complete the table, consider:
  1. Who carried out the study?
  2. What was the purpose of the study?
  3. When was it conducted?
  4. Who were the participants?
  5. Why were these participants selected? (Characteristics)
  6. What methods have been used? (Quantitative e.g surveys and tests, Qualitative e.g. interviews, anecdotes)
  7. What criticisms are there of the study?
  8. What are some of the findings?

Refer to the PowerPoint slides on clc, Psychology textbooks and/or the internet for information.