cross-sectional study

  

Definition

Descriptive study of a situation at one particular time. It provides a snapshot of the current conditions but does not explain the cause and effect (causal) linkages among their components or constituents. See also correlational study.

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  • If you want to fully understand a situation you should do a cross-sectional study to break it down from every aspect.

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  • Taking a full cross-sectional study will allow you to really break a situation down and get all the information you can from it.

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  • Barbara knew this cross-sectional study wouldn't offer any cause-and-effect data that she could study, but tried to be patient because it was a necessary step to getting some.

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