Book Reviews

"Because they allow researchers to understand within-person processes in natural settings, intensive longitudinal methods are essential tools for building a science of the individual. Bolger & Laurenceau’s book does a superb job of taking readers through the mechanics of research design, data analysis, and interpretation, enabling readers to tackle important questions about 'who we are' in depth and detail. I highly recommend Bolger & Laurenceau's book for those wishing to learn and use these powerful methods."

--Walter Mischel, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Columbia University

"In a remarkably short period of time, intensive longitudinal designs have become a staple of the behavioral scientist's toolbox, yet researchers do not always know how to make the most of their data. This is the book we have been waiting for. Bolger and Laurenceau have written a complete, authoritative, and highly accessible volume that is sure to set the standard for years to come. Researchers and students will find this landmark volume to be an essential resource."

--Harry T. Reis, Ph.D., Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester

"A valuable and immensely practical resource from two of the world's intensive longitudinal masters. This book is a 'must read' for researchers. Each chapter provides detailed, step-by step guidance on basic to advanced analytic techniques, including exemplar data sets, visual imagery, complete statistical code, and sample write-ups. From spaghetti plots to power analysis, with Bolger and Laurenceau as expert guides, researchers will learn what to do, how to do it, and how to write it up."

--Tamlin S. Conner, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand

"Bolger and Laurenceau have put together a fantastic primer. The well-crafted and clearly explained background, examples, datasets, and programming codes make this a go-to book for learning how to prepare, analyze, and make the most of intensive longitudinal data. Both instructors and students will appreciate the straightforward, highly readable format. This book's pages are sure to get well worn."

--Nilam Ram, Ph.D., Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

"Intensive longitudinal research yields uniquely rich data, but the analyses quickly get complex. Bolger and Laurenceau give researchers the necessary tools and knowledge to conduct and analyze their own intensive longitudinal studies. Using to-the-point explanations and helpful, realistic examples, the book goes step by step through everything there is to know, from the very basics to advanced data-analytic issues—and does so in a delightfully engaging manner."

--Matthias R. Mehl, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

"This book details exactly how to analyze data gathered from diary and experience sampling studies. In clear language and with real data, it explains how to use multilevel modeling to answer common types of research questions. To make the presentation complete, syntax for SPSS, SAS, and Mplus is provided. Researchers and graduate students conducting studies of daily life will find this book indispensable. I would use it as a text in a graduate-level research methods class and as a resource when designing and conducting my own analyses."

--Joel M. Hektner, Ph.D., Department of Human Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University

"This book couldn’t have come at a better time. All too often, investigators are not sure how to deal with the vast amounts of data they collect using diary methods, and do not fully appreciate the strengths and limitations of their data. This book, in my opinion, is the cure."

--Howard Tennen, Ph.D., Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut Health Center