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Answering Developmental Questions Using Secondary Data

Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Jager, Justin; & Maslowsky, Julie. (2015). Answering Developmental Questions Using Secondary Data. Child Development Perspectives, 9(4), 256-261. PMCID: PMC4724430 NIHMSID: NIHMS723191

Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Jager, Justin; & Maslowsky, Julie. (2015). Answering Developmental Questions Using Secondary Data. Child Development Perspectives, 9(4), 256-261. PMCID: PMC4724430 NIHMSID: NIHMS723191

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Secondary data analysis of large longitudinal and national data sets is a standard method used in many social sciences to answer complex questions regarding behavior. In this article, we detail the advantages of using these data sets to study developmental questions across the life span. First, we provide an overview of how using secondary data can increase studies' scientific integrity. Then, we detail where and how data sets can be obtained that answer specific questions. Finally, we discuss methodological issues related to using longitudinal, population data sets. These data sets can enhance science and test theories by increasing the rigor and generalizability of research to the general population, making secondary data analysis an important method to consider.


secondary data
quantitative methods
population studies


JOUR



Davis-Kean, Pamela E.
Jager, Justin
Maslowsky, Julie



2015


Child Development Perspectives

9

4

256-261


10/22/2015




1750-8606

10.1111/cdep.12151

PMC4724430

NIHMS723191

5939