Doing Longitudinal Research: Opportunities and Challenges in a Study of Childhood

  • Karen Brock
  • Caroline Knowles
Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)


Young Lives has been introduced as a longitudinal study that follows two cohorts of children in poor communities in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam as they grow into young adults. In this chapter, after pointing to the importance of longitudinal studies in the social sciences, we use the experience of designing and implementing Young Lives to reflect on some issues surrounding the process of such studies, and on the use of their findings to inform policy.


Longitudinal Research Childhood Poverty Sentinel Site Millennium Cohort Study Young Life 
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  • Caroline Knowles

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