Matching method to problem: a developmental science perspective
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Developmental Psychology, ISSN 1740-5629, E-ISSN 1740-5610, Vol. 10, no 1, 9-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In developmental research there is quite often a mismatch between the scientific problem and the methods used to address it. In this article we discuss what this mismatch is about and we suggest some remedies. Our discussion is confined to typical matching situations that arise within a developmental science (DS) theoretical framework. A number of measurement issues are brought up including variable standardization and how to measure change. It is argued that to study individual development precise measurements are necessary and that, for this purpose, most measures currently used in developmental research are not sufficiently reliable. Further, we discuss the choice of a statistical method suitable for analysis within a DS framework and it is concluded that increased use should be made of person-oriented methods and methods developed for studying nonlinear dynamic systems. Finally, causality issues are discussed and a distinction is made between the study of average and individual causality.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 10, no 1, 9-28 p.
Developmental science, Individual development, Measurement, Statistical methods
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88301DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2012.732920ISI: 000313679600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88301DiVA: diva2:611910