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Various theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues may emerge in cross-cultural research. For example, theories and methods may not be equivalent in the cultures being studied, or research studies may be flawed with cultural attribution fallacies or researcher bias. According to Matsumoto and Juang (2008), "Despite the best attempts to establish equivalence in theory, hypothesis, method, and data management, cross-cultural research is often inextricably, inherently, and inevitably nonequivalent. It is the challenge of the observer to analyze research critically for these issues and deficiencies.

How you perform an academic literature search in the library to find a research study dealing with cross-cultural research.

How would you analyze the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues included in the research study.

How would you summarize the research study you reviewed.
Briefly explain the topic and conclusions of the study.
Describe the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues involved in the study and the thoughts about how, as a scholar-practitioner, you might address one or more of these issues.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. What you are being asked here is a little complex. I hope that you are already familiar with cultural and psychological research methods and theories. Since this is in the confluence of cultural studies and psychology, the best notion is to incorporate sociological ideas, especially in relation to the study of identity, a measure that Matsumoto and Juang incorporated in their studies and their book - 'Culture and Psychology'. Remember that all these discipline fall under 'Social Sciences' and as such, theories and methods of inquiry converge in areas of study that require the use of a host of knowledge paradigms & perspectives to explore.

In other words, when studying cross-cultural psychology, you must be open to the differences between cultures and the way people see the world. There will be no one singular idea or explanation that can be generalized as each culture can only be best understood according to its context. So, let's see....you are being asked to do a library research to find out studies on cross cultural psychology and to explore its theories and methods to either drive the point of Matsumoto and Juang (2008) home. Since you did not indicate that you have already chosen such a study, for the purpose of example, I have chosen one for you - something simple. The narrative below provides answers to all the questions listed above and should also guide you in how research and choosing a study can be done. If you have any questions, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Doing Library Research

Due to my access to certain online archives and research databases, it would be much more efficient for me to choose a cross-cultural psychological study online. I can access these databases in the library terminals or via my laptop at home or anywhere I can access the web. This is also most convenient as this means that utilizing search parameters I can enter specific key words and results of related studies will be brought up from which I can choose a study that I will find interesting partly due to my own topic of interest.

For this particular library search I have chosen to look at available research studies of this nature through Sage Journals Online. Sage is a world-leading academic research publication and they have a good selection of peer-reviewed materials on psychology and cross-cultural studies. One journal in particular - 'Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology' fits the bill perfectly. Their latest edition, ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides insight, advise and a discussion of the theoretical, methodological and ethical issues that can be encountered while doing cross-cultural research (for the full task, see above). Resources are listed for further exploration of the problem. A word version of the solution is also attached.