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Ch 3: Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology

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Watch abnormal psychology video lessons to learn about the work of clinical researchers, the use of case studies and the different types of research. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of this section in a simple and clear manner.

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

VideoObjective
Clinical ResearchDescribe the work of clinical researchers in relation to abnormal psychology
Case Study DesignDefine and discuss the case study, including its advantages and disadvantages
Correlational Research Define and discuss correlational research
Limitations of Correlational ResearchDiscuss the limitations of correlational research, including its inability to prove causation, direction of causality and third variable problems
ExperimentsDescibe 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 InvestigationDiscuss the limits to clinical investigations

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Clinical Research of Abnormal Psychology
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.

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