Holistic analysis of the life course: Methodological challenges and new perspectives

  title={Holistic analysis of the life course: Methodological challenges and new perspectives},
  author={Raffaella Piccarreta and Matthias Studer},
  journal={Advances in Life Course Research},
Abstract We survey state-of-the-art approaches to study trajectories in their entirety, adopting a holistic perspective, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. We begin by considering sequence analysis (SA), one of the most established holistic approaches. We discuss the inherent problems arising in SA, particularly in the study of the relationship between trajectories and covariates. We describe some recent developments combining SA and Event History Analysis, and illustrate how weakening… Expand
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