Adulthoods study was not deliberately planned as a qualitative
longitudinal study, it evolved as three consecutive studies were funded
by the Economic and Social Research Council between 1996 and 2006 (five
sites in England and Northern Ireland). A further study was funded by
the Joseph Rowntree Trust between 2008 - 2010 (Northern Ireland only).
The focus for investigation shifted across the four studies - from
values, to adulthood, to social capital, to the impact of social and
historical processes in Northern Ireland on young lives. Similarly,
theoretical perspectives and methods of analysis, interpretation and
representation also changed over the years in response to a maturing
longitudinal dataset documenting changing lives, places and times. The
research team, although with the same five women at its core
throughout, also fluctuated in size and personnel over time - and a
decade and a half saw many shifts and changes in these lives, both
personal and professional.
In this section of
the website, you can find out about the methodology for the entire
study. Just click below on each of the component studies: Youth Values,
Inventing Adulthoods, Youth Transitions and Growing Up in Northern
We would be grateful if you would reference
the study if you draw on these methods in your own work.
When exploring research tools that were
given directly to participants, it is important to remember that the
first component study, Youth Values, was known to its participants as
'Respect' and that the second as 'Fast Forward' or
<<ff>>. These tools (Questionnaire,
Research Assignment, Classwork, Memorybooks) retain these titles.