Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, 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 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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Panel study

core definition

A panel study is one in which a group of people are monitored over time (usually no more than a year) in order to assess changes in attitude, opinion or a limited range of behaviour.

explanatory context

The panel members may be questioned several times, often with the same (or similar) questions.

Panel studies of voting preferences are often reported in the media at the time of a general election. Broadcasting companies have panels of listeners who provide information on listening or viewing habits and opinions on programmes.

Panel studies are thus a limited form of more general longitudinal studies.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also

longitudinal study

Researching the Real World Section 8.1.1


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