ERIC Number: EJ788248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Pooling Data from Multiple Longitudinal Studies: The Role of Item Response Theory in Integrative Data Analysis
Curran, Patrick J.; Hussong, Andrea M.; Cai, Li; Huang, Wenjing; Chassin, Laurie; Sher, Kenneth J.; Zucker, Robert A.
Developmental Psychology, v44 n2 p365-380 Mar 2008
There are a number of significant challenges researchers encounter when studying development over an extended period of time, including subject attrition, the changing of measurement structures across groups and developmental periods, and the need to invest substantial time and money. Integrative data analysis is an emerging set of methodologies that allows researchers to overcome many of the challenges of single-sample designs through the pooling of data drawn from multiple existing developmental studies. This approach is characterized by a host of advantages, but this also introduces several new complexities that must be addressed prior to broad adoption by developmental researchers. In this article, the authors focus on methods for fitting measurement models and creating scale scores using data drawn from multiple longitudinal studies. The authors present findings from the analysis of repeated measures of internalizing symptomatology that were pooled from three existing developmental studies. The authors describe and demonstrate each step in the analysis and conclude with a discussion of potential limitations and directions for future research.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Data Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, Researchers, Item Response Theory, Measurement Techniques, Measures (Individuals), Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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