4 - research methods in clinical psychology

4 - research methods in clinical psychology - Introduction...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Research 23:59 Research has several purposes It allows us to escape the realm of pure speculation or appeal to authority Research helps us extend and modify our theories as well as establish their parsimony and utility The ultimate reason for research is the enhancement of our ability to predict and understand the behavior, feelings, and thoughts of the people served by clinical psychologists Methods 23:59 Observation Unsystematic Observation Naturalistic Observation o More systematic and rigorous than unsystematic observation It is neither casual nor freewheeling but is carefully planned in advance Controlled Observation o While the research may be carried out in the field or in relatively natural settings, the investigator exerts some degree of control over the events Case Studies o Involves the intensive study of a client or patient how is in treatment o Case Studies have been especially useful for providing descriptions of rare or unusual phenomena or novel, distinctive methods of interviewing, assessing, or treating patients Disconfirming universally known or accepted information Generating testable hypotheses Epidemiological Research...
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course PSYC 436 taught by Professor Dr.andrealeiman during the Fall '10 term at Maryland.

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