Innovative Methods for Studying Lives in Context both reflects and extends in significant ways the diverse methodological interests and potential repertoire of developmental scientists studying lives in context. The articles in this issue show several of the cutting-edge advances being made within developmental science by scholars from multiple disciplines who are interested in enhancing the methodological tools available in research aimed at understanding person-context relations across the life span. The range and quality of the methods presented in these papers attest to the rich and vibrant character of the contemporary developmental scholarship pertinent to modeling and analyzing data about the complex and dynamic trajectories of human life.
Volume 1, Number 1&2, 2004. Contents: J.S. Eccles, Editor's Preface. R.M. Lerner, Innovative Methods for Studying Lives in Context: A View of the Issues. R.J. Nesselroade, N. Ram, Studying Intraindividual Variability: What We Have Learned That Will Help Us Understand Lives in Context. J.B. Willett, Investigating Individual Change and Development: The Multilevel Model for Change and the Method of Latent Growth Modeling. G.J. Duncan, K.A. Magnuson, J. Ludwig, The Endogeneity Problem in Developmental Studies. J.H. Laub, R.J. Sampson, Strategies for Bridging the Quantitative and Qualitative Divide: Studying Crime Over the Life Course. E.G. Mishler, Historians of the Self: Restorying Lives, Revising Identities.