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PSY 3315- Abnormal Psych Ch 2 Research
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Why do we use research?
Test theories and techniques to evaluate accuracy, effectiveness, and safety
clinical researchers try to discover what of abnormal psychological functioning?
universal laws or principles (looking for common things- short circuit)
understanding of the nature, causes, and treatments of abnormal functioning in the form of laws and principles
the process of systematically gathering and evaluating information through careful observations to understand a phenomenon
what are examples of relationships between variables?
Age, sex, race, eye color, occupation, social status. Clinical issues include mood, life experience, social functioning, response to tx.
3 main forms of investigation
what is a hypothesis?
-Guides the direction of research
-Addressed in the conclusion of the study
detailed account of a persons life and psychological problems
what are the 5 distinctions of a case study?
-Present new ideas about behavior
-Supports a theory
-Challenge a theory's assumption
-Show value of new therapeutic techniques
-Opportunities to study unusual problems
what are case study limitations?
-Little bias for generalization
the accuracy at which a study can pinpoint one factor and rule out other factors
the degree with which the results of a study may be generalized beyond that study
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