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cross-sectional study

[¦krȯs ¦sek·shən·əl ′stəd·ē]
(psychology)
The study of groups of individuals differing on the basis of specified criteria (for example, age) at the same point in time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cross-sectional study

a method of examining a varied population at one point in time in order to gather data about people at different life stages, or in different circumstances. This method contrasts with LONGITUDINAL STUDIES which investigate groups over a time period, in order to observe the developmental process, the influence of changing circumstances. The advantage of cross-sectional study is that it is quicker, not dependent on changing resources or research teams, and reduces extraneous variables resulting from the passage of time. The disadvantage is that no account of change can be given.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Similarly in another, cross sectional survey conducted among the medical students in Karachi, it was found that dormitory students of both gender had depression which was 40.4%.20
Risk factors for Protein-Energy Malnutrition among young children in an area of intense perennial malaria transmission in Western Kenya: Results of cross sectional survey. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2005; 73(4): 698-704.
[5.] Friedman JF, Kwena A, Mirel LB, Kariuki SK, Terlouw DJ, Phillips Howard PA, Hawley WA, Nahlen BL, Ya Ping Shi and FO Ter Kuile Risk factors for Protein-Energy Malnutrition among young children in an area of intense perennial malaria transmission in Western Kenya: Results of cross sectional survey. Am.
Bullying of junior doctors including residents is another neglected and underreported issue.6 A large cross sectional survey demonstrated that 63% of the junior doctors faced bullying with consultants being the main culprits (51.6%).6 Most of them (73.4%) did not even lodge a complaint as they were afraid of the consequences (23.3%).
A cross sectional survey was conducted on 189 samples of undergraduates from three different disciplines, testing them on newly developed Informal Fallacy Reasoning Test (IFRI) and California Critical Thinking Dispositions (CCTDI).
A cross sectional survey was carried out on children aged 5-15 years, from government and private schools, in a pre identified rural area to diagnose rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in asymptomatic children using portable echocardiography.
The joint impact on being overweight of self reported behaviours of eating quickly and eating until full: cross sectional survey. BMJ 337:a2002.
in Danish broiler production: a cross sectional survey and a retrospective analysis of risk factors for occurrence in broiler flocks.
Extent of regretted sexual intercourse among young teenagers in Scotland: a cross sectional survey. BMJ.
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