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Panel Studies

Advantages, Challenges, Data AnalysisExamples of panel studies for the study of aging

A panel study is defined as a study that collects information on the same individuals at different points in time. The various data collections are often called waves. A panel study is therefore a longitudinal study; it differs from other studies that collect information over time, such as time series and cohort studies, in that it studies the same persons longitudinally.

Major panel studies for studying age-related changes, their causes and consequences include the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Health and Retirement Study, the Americans' Changing Lives Survey, The Berlin Longitudinal Study, the National Long Term Care Survey, The Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly, and the Longitudinal Study of Aging.



ALWIN, D. F., and CAMPBELL, R. T. "Quantitative Approaches: Longitudinal Methods in the Study of Human Development and Aging." In Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 5th ed. Edited by Robert H. Binstock and Linda C. George. New York; Academic Press. Forthcoming.

KASPRZYK, D.; DUNCAN, G. J.; KALTON, G.; and SINGH, M. P., eds. Panel Surveys. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1989.

MENARD, S. Longitudinal Research. Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage, 1991.

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