Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, 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 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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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

Cohort effect: effects on people's lives that arise from the characteristics of the historical periods during which they experienced stages of life such as childhood or middle age.

related areas

See also

longitudinal study



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