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Getting better all the time? Selective attrition and compositional changes in longitudinal and life course studies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Linköping University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Number of Authors: 3
2017 (English)In: Longitudinal and life course studies, ISSN 1124-9064, E-ISSN 1757-9597, Vol. 8, no 1, 104-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Longitudinal surveys are valuable tools for investigating health and social outcomes across the life course. In such studies, selective mortality leads to changes in the social composition of the sample, but little is known about how selective survey participation affects the sample composition, in addition to the selective mortality. In the present paper, we followed a Swedish cohort sample over six waves 1968-2011. For each wave we recalculated the distribution of baseline characteristics in the sample among i) the sample still alive and ii) the sample still alive and with complete follow-up. The results show that the majority of the compositional changes in the cohort were modest and driven mainly by mortality. However, for some characteristics, class in particular, the selection was considerable and in addition, was substantially compounded by survey non-participation. We suggest that sample selections should be taken into account when interpreting the results of longitudinal studies, in particular when researching social inequalities.

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2017. Vol. 8, no 1, 104-119 p.
Keyword [en]
Longitudinal surveys, Changes in sample composition, Selective attrition, Social inequality, Socio-demographics
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141249DOI: 10.14301/llcs.v8i1.350ISI: 000397204000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141249DiVA: diva2:1088955
Available from: 2017-04-18 Created: 2017-04-18 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved

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