Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.


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Cohort study

core definition

A cohort study is a longitudinal study that follows a cohort of subjects over a fairly long period of time to watch how they develop in different social settings.

explanatory context

An example is a cohort study of pre-school children to see how their life experiences differ and the impact that has at different periods of their life; such as at the key ages of 7, 14 and 21.

analytical review


associated issues


related areas

See also

longitudinal study



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