This innovative volume demonstrates the use of a range of statistical approaches that examine "turning points" (a change in direction, magnitude, or meaning) in real data. Analytic techniques are illustrated with real longitudinal data from a variety of fields. As such the book will appeal to a variety of researchers including:
The book opens with the goals and theoretical considerations in defining turning points. An overview of the methods presented in subsequent chapters is then provided. Chapter goals include discriminating "local" from long-term effects, identifying variables altering the connection between trajectories at different life stages, locating non-normative turning points, coping with practical distributional problems in trajectory analyses, and changes in the meaning and connections between variables in the transition to adulthood. From an applied perspective, the book explores such topics as antisocial/aggressive trajectories at different life stages, the impact of imprisonment on criminal behavior, family contact trajectories in the transition to adulthood, sustained effects of substance abuse, alternative models of bereavement, and identifying brain changes associated with the onset of a new brain process.
Ideal for advanced students and researchers interested in identifying significant change in data in a variety of fields including psychology, medicine, education, political science, criminology, and sociology.
"Patricia Cohen and her co-editors offer a turning point for applied researchers who want a variety of innovative options for analyzing longitudinal data. The array of contributors is top notch, with the methods and topics providing valuable, easy to understand input to those in multiple disciplines."
University of Rhode Island
P. Cohen, Turning Points: Theoretical Considerations, Research Designs, and a Preview of the Book. D. S. Nagin, T. Barker, E. Lacourse, R. E. Tremblay, The Inter-Relationship of Temporally Distinct Risk Markers and the Transition From Childhood Physical Aggression to Adolescent Violent Delinquency. C. Wimer, R. J. Sampson, J. H. Laub, Estimating Time-Varying Causes and Outcomes, With Application to Incarceration and Crime. D. Rindskopf, J. R.Sneed, Turning Points in Family Contact During Emerging Adulthood. A. M. Hussong, P. J. Curran, T. E. Moffitt, A. Caspi, Testing Turning Points Using Latent Growth Curve Models: Competing Models of Substance Abuse and Desistance in Young Adulthood. J. J. McArdle, L. Wang, Modeling Age-Based Turning Points in Longitudinal Life-Span Growth Curves of Cognition. C. T. Burke, P. E. Shrout, N. Bolger, Bereavement as a Potential Turning Point: Modeling Between-Person Variability in Adjustment to Conjugal Loss. M. Lindquist, T. D. Wager, Application of Change-Point Theory to Modeling State-Related Activity in fMRI. H. Chen, P. Cohen, K. Gordon, Using an Econometric Model of Change Points to Locate Turning Points in Individual Time Series. P. Cohen, K. Gordon, S. Kasen, H. Chen, Developmental Structural Change in the Maturity of Role Assumption.
This series of books offers highly accessible and widely applicable methodological topics that have broad appeal and are written in easy-to understand language. Sponsored by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology http://www.smep.org/, it welcomes methodological applications from a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, public health, sociology, education, and business. Authored or edited volumes should feature one of several approaches:
Interested persons should e-mail: Lisa L. Harlow at LHarlow@uri.edu.