Axia College Material Appendix B Research Methods List the advantages and disadvantages of the following research methods: Research Method Advantages Disadvantages Case Study A detailed description of a person’s life and psychological problems. It describes the person’s background, present circumstances, and symptoms. It may also speculate about why the problems developed, and it may describe the person’s treatment. The clues offered by a case study may help a clinician better understand or treat the person under discussion. A case study may offer tentative support for a theory. Case studies may also show the value of new therapeutic techniques or unique applications of existing techniques, and they may offer opportunities to study unusual problems that do not occur often enough to permit a large number of observations. Case studies are reported by biased observers; that is, by therapists who have a personal stake in seeing their treatments succeed.
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