Making Sense of Data Interrelations in Qualitative Longitudinal and Multi-Perspective Analysis


  • Agnieszka Trąbka Jagiellonian University
  • Paula Pustułka SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Justyna Bell Oslo Metropolitan University



qualitative data analysis, multi-perspective research (MPR), qualitative longitudinal research (QLR), aging transitions, motherhood, migration, in-depth interviews


In this article, we address data interrelations that social researchers face when working with qualitative data collected through in-depth interviews with longitudinal (QLR) and multi-perspective (MPR) research designs. Revisiting data from four different research projects and building on the proposal by VOGL, ZARTLER, SCHMIDT and RIEDER (2018), we present the 4C model of complexities within data interrelations. Specifically, the broader pool of data allowed us to cross-investigate how interview data may contradict, correct, complement, or be confluent with what the researcher has gathered from another interview conducted at a different point in time (longitudinally) or with another study participant (multi-perspective approach). Using different forms of transitions (e.g., transitions to adulthood, migratory transitions, transitions to parenthood) as a common analytical thread, we argue that revealing inherent inconsistencies in the data reflects the complex and ever-changing nature of reality and that making sense of these inconsistencies often enriches interpretations.


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Author Biographies

Agnieszka Trąbka, Jagiellonian University

Agnieszka TRĄBKA is an assistant professor and a deputy director in the Institute of Applied Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. She is a migration researcher with a background in sociology and psychology. Her main research interests include migrants' belonging and place attachment, identity, mobility in early adulthood.

Paula Pustułka, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Paula PUSTUŁKA is an assistant professor and head of the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She is a sociologist specializing in qualitative, multi-sited and multi-perspective longitudinal research in youth studies, migration research and sociology of families and intimate life.

Justyna Bell, Oslo Metropolitan University

Justyna BELL is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Social Research-NOVA, Oslo Metropolitan University. She is a sociologist specializing in qualitative research. Her main research interests include migration, labor market attachment and family studies.


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How to Cite

Trąbka, A., Pustułka, P., & Bell, J. (2024). Making Sense of Data Interrelations in Qualitative Longitudinal and Multi-Perspective Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 25(1).



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