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Special Research Methods for Gerontology



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ISBN 9780895030535
Published July 15, 1989 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

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

Introduction

PART ONE GENERAL RESEARCH METHODS IN GERONTOLOGICAL APPLICATION

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

PART TWO LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH

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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