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Below is a sample breakdown of the Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Clinical research and case study design||Roles of clinical researchers; pros and cons of case studies|
|Tuesday||Correlational research||Purposes and limitations of correlational research|
|Wednesday||Social research||Experiments and data collection|
|Thursday||Random assignment and control groups||Experimental group-control group design|
|Friday||Clinical investigations||Limits to clinical investigations|
1. Clinical Research in Abnormal Psychology
How do psychologists find answers about what the causes and best treatments of mental illness are? In this lesson, we'll look at important types of clinical research: case studies, correlational studies, and causal studies.
2. Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages
Often, research involves looking at large numbers of people. But sometimes, researchers want to look at just a few people in-depth. In this lesson, we'll examine case studies and their strengths and limitations.
3. Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples
This lesson explores, with the help of two examples, the basic idea of what a correlation is, the general purpose of using correlational research, and how a researcher might use it in a study.
4. Limitations of Correlational Research
Many researchers use correlations in their studies, but it is not without risk. This lesson explores some of the issues that researchers may experience if they use correlations.
5. Using Experiments to Collect Social Research Data
This lesson explores the basic framework and definition of how an experiment is constructed using two popular social psychology experiments as examples.
6. Random Assignment in Research: Definition and Importance
In order to get the most accurate results, researchers must choose and assign their subjects in a random manner. In this lesson, we'll look at random assignment, random selection, and why they are important.
7. What is a Control Group? - Definition and Use in Research
In research, many times a condition is compared to a group that doesn't receive treatment. In this lesson, we'll look at what a control group is and why it is important.
8. Limits of Clinical Investigations: What Clinical Research Can and Can't Do
How do psychologists figure out the causes of and best treatments for psychological disorders? In this lesson, we'll look at some limitations of clinical research, including the difficulty of generalizing research findings and proving causation.
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