Longitudinal Data and Their Uses

  • Alan J. Lizotte
  • David McDowall
  • Nicole M. Schmidt
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

In the 1980 s, criminologists began to consider much more seriously the importance of pursuing longitudinal research on how antisocial behavior develops over the life course. Although there were many proponents of such an attempt (Blumstein, Cohen, & Nagin, 1978; Blumstein, Cohen, Roth, & Visher, 1986; Farrington, Ohlin, & Wilson, 1986), the proposition was not without its critics (Gottfredson & Hirschi, 1986, 1987, 1988). These skeptics argued that the endeavor would be too expensive, both monetarily and in opportunity costs, to be justified and that little would be gained over traditional cross-sectional research. Nothing could have been farther from the truth.


Antisocial Behavior Longitudinal Research Negative Life Event Gang Member Dichotomous Measure 
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Support for the Rochester Youth Development Study has been provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (86-JN-CX-0007, 95-JD-FX-0015, 96-MU-FX-0014, 2004-MU-FX-0062), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01-DA05512), and the National Science Foundation (SBR-9123299, SES-9123299). Work on this project was also aided by grants to the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis at the University at Albany from NICHD (P30-HD32041) and NSF (SBR-9512290).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Lizotte
    • 1
  • David McDowall
    • 1
  • Nicole M. Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.University at Albany,SUNYAlbanyUSA

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