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ERIC Number: ED371271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 9
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Legacies and Lessons: Insights from Longitudinal Studies of Educated Women.
Schuster, Diane Tickton
Postmodern, multicultural, and feminist critiques of psychology have changed how longitudinal researchers construct their inquiries and frame their data. Also the new scholarship brings to the longitudinal investigation perspectives from other disciplines including sociology, anthropology, and history, among others. The book used as a framework for this discussion, "Women's Lives Through Time," is an assembly of different studies, thus providing perspective on the changing discipline of longitudinal research. Many studies on women were out of print and there was an absence of interdisciplinary dialogue about women's adult development. Some broad themes weaving together all the studies are: (1) all of the women studied had attended college; (2) strong evidence existed for increased well-being and feelings of competence in women as they mature; and (3) all the women were affected by role socialization and gender discrimination. The studies included in the book indicated that longitudinal methodologies have diversified over the years. More subjective and context-sensitive methods were incorporated; some caution needs to be taken to ensure that the research retains analysis of measurable data. Another methodological challenge has to do with incorporating issues of socio-historical context into lifespan research. Incorporating subjective and contextual material is the wave of the future in life studies research. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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