Longitudinal Research Methods and Family Theories

  • Elizabeth G. Menaghan
  • Deborah D. Godwin


An outstanding characteristic of family relationships is their astonishing potential duration over time. A marital or parent-child dyad may persist for more than 60 years before being disrupted by death, and sibling relations may be still more long-lived. How such relations change over time, under what conditions they alter in specific ways, and what early factors shape subsequent developments in relationships are enduring questions for family researchers from various disciplines.


Longitudinal Research Marital Satisfaction Child Behavior Problem American Sociological Review Marital Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth G. Menaghan
    • 1
  • Deborah D. Godwin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyOhio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.Department of Housing and Consumer EconomicsUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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