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Research Methods in Psychology: Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast two of the following five research methods in psychology described in your text or on the internet. These research methods include: Case study, Naturalistic observation, Correlational research, Survey research, and Experimental method. Include in your discussion the research techniques, reliability and validity, generalizability, strengths and weaknesses of your choices.

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I will choose the case study and experimental methods. The purpose of a case study is to provide researchers a reference point when dealing with a specific issue. Meaning that with a case study, a researcher is able to get first-hand information on the behaviors associated with a particular issue, or with particular issues. On the other hand, the purpose of an experimental study is to provide researchers accurate, hands on information to prove their hypothesis by allowing them to manipulate variables and get the exact result(s) that they are looking for, should there be a relationship between the variables. For example, let's say a researcher wants to prove a hypothesis that children of drug abusers who are exposed to violence tend to develop poor inter and intrapersonal relationships and perform poorly in school. When doing a case study, the researcher will observe one particular subject and get as much ...

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A comparison and contrast of two of the following five research methods in psychology. References are provided on this page, not in the attachment.