Longitudinal studies

  • Created by: Sophie
  • Created on: 01-06-13 18:21

Longitudinal studies


  • Changes in opinions and attitudes can be tracked over time
  • Correlations can be identified
  • In-depth and rich data
  • Rapport, verstehen and empathy can be achieved
  • Valid


  • Time consuming and costly
  • Small sample
  • Not representative
  • Not generalisable
  • Attrition will occur - people die/drop out lowering representativeness
  • Researcher could go native
  • Hawthorne effect could occur


Interpretivists would like this method of research as it gives them a greater insight to their participants lives and allows them to gain verstehen and rapport with the sample.


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