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Methods - Research Methods Why learn about research methods...

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Research Methods
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Why learn about research methods??? Help you discriminate good advice from bad advice News Self Help Books So many things to consider! Sample demographics and size Do methods match claims? Possible third variables When the study was done
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A brief history of relationship science Relatively new field Modern psychology and sociology began to emerge in the late 1800s with conceptual contributions Relationships did not become a broad focus until the 1960s and 1970s with lab experiments Current relationship science now also examines more diverse samples of people and relationships, and examine them in natural settings
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Developing a Question 1 st step in studying relationships May arise out of several sources Personal experience Social problems Previous research Theory Two general types Description Causal connections
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Obtaining participants Generalizability Population vs. sample Convenience Sample Most common Whoever is available and willing E.g., snowball sample, students, advertising, ect.
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