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Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
At the beginning of this chapter, our instructors will introduce you to the work of clinical researchers and discuss how they design case studies. You'll also learn about the two different kinds of psychological inquiry, including correlational research, which tries to determine numerical connections between variables, and experimental research.
As the chapter continues, the instructors will help you answer the question: what is group control? The concept of random assignment, whereby subjects are provided with different or no treatment, will also be covered. At the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:
- The role of clinical research in abnormal psychology
- Correlational research and its limitations
- The use of experiments in data collection
- Random assignment
- Research groups and design
- The limits to clinical investigations
|Clinical Research||Describe the work of clinical researchers in relation to abnormal psychology|
|Case Study Design||Define and discuss the case study, including its advantages and disadvantages|
|Correlational Research||Define and discuss correlational research|
|Limitations of Correlational Research||Discuss the limitations of correlational research, including its inability to prove causation, direction of causality and third variable problems|
|Experiments||Descibe how experiments are used to collect data for social research|
|Random Assignment||Define random assignment, including its importance and implementation|
|What is a Control Group?||Define and discuss control groups and experimental control group design|
|Limits of Clinical Investigation||Discuss the 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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