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The person-oriented versus the variable-oriented approach: Are they complementary, opposities, or exploring different worlds?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Merrill-Palmer quarterly, ISSN 0272-930X, E-ISSN 1535-0266, Vol. 52, no 3, 10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present commentary gives a brief overview of the person-oriented and variable-oriented approaches, how they are commonly used in longitudinal research, and what one should take into consideration before using either approach. In addition to presenting an empirical example on girls' adjustment problems using both approaches, this commentary uses the contributions in the present issue of the Merrill Palmer Quarterly illustrate some of the main issues surrounding these two perspectives. Special attention is also given to the contrast between the person-oriented and variable oriented approaches in terms of aggregation and disaggregation, model appropriateness and usefulness, and prediction as a goal. Future directions with regard to implementing a person-oriented approach are discussed, including the importance of conceptual clarity, practical and theoretical training, and method development.

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2006. Vol. 52, no 3, 10
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person-oriented, longitudinal, research methodology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19399OAI: diva2:185923
Available from: 2007-11-09 Created: 2007-11-09 Last updated: 2015-08-13Bibliographically approved

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