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Person-oriented research strategies in developmental psychopathology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Developmental psychopathology.: Vol. 1: Theory and method., Wiley, Hoboken, NJ , 2006, 850-888 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, person-oriented research strategies in developmental psychopathology are reviewed. By "person-oriented", we mean research strategies where the focus is on the individual and not on the variable. The information about each individual is regarded, as far as possible, as an indivisible unit, both conceptually and in the empirical analyses. It usually implies that individuals are studied on the basis of their pattern of information in relevant variables at the appropriate level. This approach is in contrast to the standard variable-oriented approach where the variable is the main conceptual and methodological unit. In the person-oriented approach, most commonly the variable alone has no importance. Only in combination with other variables in an information pattern does it achieve meaning. These fundamental conceptual and theoretical issues are discussed in the chapter. Common person-oriented research methods are presented and discussed in the context of studying individual development.

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Wiley, Hoboken, NJ , 2006. 850-888 p.
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person oriented, psychopathology, cluster analysis
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20023ISBN: 978-0-471-23736-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20023DiVA: diva2:186548
Available from: 2007-11-21 Created: 2007-11-21Bibliographically approved

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