Longitudinal Psychopathology Research

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 121–122. Reviews the book, The Origins and Course of Psychopathology: Methods of Longitudinal Research edited by John S. Strauss, Haroutun M. Babigian, and Merrill Roff (see record 1978-03493-000). This volume publishes the proceedings of an unspecified conference, probably the meeting of the Society for Life History Research in Psychopathology, in May 1975. In fact, while the justification for most of the papers would have to be that they sought to make methodological contributions, in most cases the impact of even this kind of contribution was, for one reason or another, quite blunted. There is one point that was repeated again and again in this book: that naturalistic, longitudinal designs typically involve confounded predictor variables. While this book does have quite a lot to offer, the editors, for whatever reason, apparently neither screened the papers nor required authors to make obvious improvements in their conference papers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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