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Ch 3: Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basics of clinical research for this field in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology Lesson Plans
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Clinical Research in Abnormal Psychology

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.

Case Study Design: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

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.

Correlational Research: Definition, Purpose & Examples

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.

Limitations of Correlational Research

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.

Using Experiments to Collect Social Research Data

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.

Random Assignment in Research: Definition and Importance

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.

What is a Control Group? - Definition and Use in Research

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.

Limits of Clinical Investigations: What Clinical Research Can and Can't Do

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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