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Special Research Methods for Gerontology

1st Edition

By M. Powell Lawton


328 pages

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The growth of the over sixty-five population and the recognition of the enormous implications of this growth for the well-being of our society is the basis for this vital text.In earlier days of gerontology, research methods used were often simply those same methods used in researching younger are groups. As one may clearly surmise, the transferral of these traditional methods were apt to pose some special problems when imported for use with the aged; traditional methods had to be adjusted to take account of age related differences. ""Special Research Methods for Gerontology"" recognizes the need to study older people in their great variety as a broad class, as opposed to ""the elderly"".The content of the volume deals with longitudinal studies, cross sectional research, theory based methodological work, special methods and procedures that contribute to the soundness of the design and research method.

Table of Contents



SECTION 1 Increasing the Efficiency and Reducing the Costs of Research on Representative Samples and Rare Universes of Older People

Sampling Rare Populations Graham Kalton and Dallas W. Anderson

Secondary Analysis of Sample Surveys in Gerontological Research Jersey Liang and Renée H. Lawrence

Telephone and Mail Surveys with Older Populations: A Methodological Overview A. Regula Herzog and Richard A. Kulka

SECTION 2 How to Obtain Good Data from Older Subjects

Maximizing Data Quality in Community Studies of Older People Frances M. Carp

SECTION 3 Methodological Issues in Specific Content Area

Medical Records as Sampling Frames and Data Sources Erdman B. Palmore

Methodological Issues in Survey Research on Older Minority Adults James S. Jackson

Recruitment Practices for Psychological Research in Gerontology Cameron J. Camp, Robin L. West, and Leonard W. Poon


SECTION 1 Longitudinal Panel Maintenance and Subject Attrition

Longitudinal Study of Dementia Patients and Aged Controls: An Approach to Methodologic Issues Barry Reisberg, Steven H. Ferris, Gertrude Steinberg, Emma Shulman, Monty J. de Leon, and Elia Sinaiko

Attrition in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging During the First Twenty Years Sushil K. Sharma, Jordan D. Tobin, and Larry J. Brant

Managing a Longitudinal Study: Lessons from the Social Security Administration's Retirement History Study Alan Fox and Lola M. Irelan

SECTION 2 Examples of Structural Equation Modeling and Confirmatory Factor Analysis

An Example of Structural Modeling in Multiple-Occasion Research Elizabeth Mutran

Using Confirmatory Factor Analysis for Scale Development and Validation

Christopher Hertzog

SECTION 3 Conclusion: Scientific Change and Longitudinal Research

Scientific Change and Longitudinal Research: Subjects, Methods, and Environments Barry D. Lebowitz

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