A review on longitudinal research design in adolescent developmental research

Tan Lei Shek, Catalina S.M. Ng

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review


In adolescent developmental research, cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs are commonly used. In this chapter, examples of adolescent developmental research utilizing cross-sectional designs are presented and the basic attributes, strengths and weaknesses of cross-sectional designs are outlined. Besides, examples of longitudinal adolescent developmental research as well as its characteristics, advantages and pitfalls are examined. Based on the review, it is argued that longitudinal research design plays an important role in adolescent developmental research. Implications of the present review on the design of longitudinal adolescent research studies in the Chinese context are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Youth Development
Subtitle of host publicationLong Term Effects in a Chinese Program
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781536125405
ISBN (Print)9781536125399
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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