Advantage oR disadvantage ofthe cohort-sequential developmental design

 

 

 

Choose either the advantage oR disadvantage ofthe cohort-sequential developmental design and discuss using a
specific example.
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(1) Choose either the advantage oR disadvantage ofthe cohort-sequential developmental design and discuss using a specific
example.
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Cohort-sequential developmental designs, coupled with longitudinal designs, make great contributions to scientific research.
These designs are non-experimental and are excellent for observing the developmental changes clearly overtime (Bordens
Abbott, 201 a). Both designs involve the same sample of participants that are evaluated sequentially. Cohort-sequential designs
involve grouping of participants into what is known as cohorts. These cohorts typically separate participants by age, allowing
the designs to study generational changes or differences between cohort groups (Bordens & Abbott, 201 a). Ergo, the
advantage of cohort-sequential designs are that they not only allow researchers to study changes in behavior overtime, but
also allow them to identify potential generational influences as well (Bordens & Abbott, 201 a).
Mathur, Erickson, Stigler, Forster, and Finnegan (2013) conducted a cohort-sequential study to see ifthey could determine a
correlation between parental education, neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES), and adolescent smoking behaviors. The
researchers established 5 age cohort groups (ages 12, 13, 1a, 15, and 16) from a 3635 randomly assigned sample (Mathur,
Erickson, Stigler, Forster, & Finnegan, 2013). The study aimed to predict if lower parental education and lower neighborhood
SES increased adolescent smoking behavior. The results ofthe study supported the hypothesis regarding parental education;
however, the researchers found no significant evidence that lower neighborhood SES predicted adolescent smoking behavior
(Mathur, Erickson, Stigler, Forster, & Finnegan, 2013). The division of cohorts in this study allowed the researchers to see a
considerable variation of initial and developmental smoking behavior among the age groups (Mathur, Erickson, Stigler, Forster,
Finnegan, 2013).

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