Person-Oriented Research Methods

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Edited by: Alexander von Eye, Christiane Spiel

Series: Zeitschrift für Psychologie - Volume 5

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The latest findings from person-oriented research.

Research has shown that statements at the aggregate level rarely apply at the level of smaller numbers of cases or individuals. The first tenet of person-oriented research is therefore that structure and development of behavior are, at least in part, specific to the individual. While aggregate-level statements may be correct, they cover only that portion of the overall variability that is shared by the aggregate. Larger, and more important portions of variability may remain unexplained.
This volume therefore:

  1. Provides an overview of theoretical and methodological developments of person-oriented research.
  2. Presents recent and new developments in the domain of statistical analysis of data from a person-oriented perspective.
  3. Presents empirical sample cases in which methodological implications of the relationship between aggregate-level and person-oriented research are defined and illustrated.

Table of Contents
  1. Conducting Person-oriented Research by Alexander von Eye, and Christiane Spiel

  2. The person and the variable in developmental psychology by Lars R. Bergman and Håkan Andersson

  3. How to perform idiographic and a combination of idiographic and nomothetic approaches: A Comparison of time-series analyses and hierarchical linear modeling by Michaela Schmidt , Franziska Perels, and Bernhard Schmitz

  4. A Nomothetic Version of the Brunswikian Lens Model – A Variable- and Person-oriented Approach by Rüdiger Mutz and Ute Seeling

  5. Stability and Constancy of Bully-Victim Behaviour – Looking at Variables and Individuals by Dagmar Strohmeier, Petra Wagner, Christiane Spiel, and Alexander von Eye

From the Reviews

"[...] does a nice job discussing person-oriented approaches as opposed to traditional research methods where the data is aggregated. The articles are well written, providing helpful tables and figures to better understand the text."Anne V. Hennessy in Doody's Book Review, February 2011

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