On the necessity to use person-specific data analysis approaches in psychology

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Abstract

It is explained, both by considering earlier theoretical discussions as well as by providing analytic proof, why it is important to base analyses of developmental processes on intra-individual variation (replicated time series analysis) instead of on inter-individual variation. It is often found that replicated time series analysis yields different (person-specific) dynamic model structures across replications. A new powerful approach is presented that enables the identification of a valid common (nomothetic) dynamic model if individual replications yield person-specific dynamic model structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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