Faculty Articles

Title

The Process and Challenges in Observational Coding: Predicting Child Behavior With Each Parent in a Longitudinal Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Keywords

child behavior, longitudinal studies, videos

Publication Title

SAGE Research Methods Cases - Psychology

Abstract

From the beginning to the end of a longitudinal study that colleagues and I conducted on predicting child behavior with each parent, there have been a lot of challenges that we needed to overcome, most of which have to do with time. In any study that involves a longitudinal design and behavioral coding (which are more common in developmental psychology and family science than in other disciplines of psychology), we as researchers need to be patient and persistent in completing the study. Observational coding requires careful time planning because training coders and establishing interrater reliability take time. Also, the longer the coding project takes, the higher the risk of losing not only participants but also coders to graduation or changed interest.

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526440389

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