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      Venturing a 30-year longitudinal study.

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      The American psychologist

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          Longitudinal inquiry has long been recognized as a uniquely powerful method for seeking understanding of psychological development. A 30-year longitudinal venture is described--its theoretical motivation, methodological rationale, and details of implementation. Some of the novel and implicative findings the study has generated are briefly described. Common to all of the results is an absolute reliance on long-term, widely ranging, independent data. Although specific aspects of the study have appeared over the years, its intentions and scope are recounted only here. By and large, the organizing constructs of ego-control and ego-resiliency find impressive support in various empirical inquiries, here quickly described. Methodologically, a number of savvy research procedures useful and perhaps even necessary in longitudinal research are conveyed. The troublesome burdens but ever-alluring attractions of longitudinal inquiry are noted. A forthcoming Web site will contain the extensive 30-year longitudinal data bank together with explanatory information. Psychological investigators may find these imminently available data resources useful.

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          Journal
          Am Psychol
          The American psychologist
          American Psychological Association (APA)
          0003-066X
          0003-066X
          May 25 2006
          : 61
          : 4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 94720, USA. jblock@socrates.berkeley.edu
          Article
          2006-05893-004
          10.1037/0003-066X.61.4.315
          16719676

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