Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 2

Research Methods in Psychology / Edition 2

by Glynis Breakwell
     
 

Research Methods in Psychology, Second Edition is an expanded and updated new edition of a bestselling textbook. It presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, employed in psychology and across the social sciences. Four new chapters are presented (Research with Special Groups, Cross-Cultural… See more details below

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Research Methods in Psychology, Second Edition is an expanded and updated new edition of a bestselling textbook. It presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the key research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, employed in psychology and across the social sciences. Four new chapters are presented (Research with Special Groups, Cross-Cultural Research, Content Analysis, and Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling) and all other chapters have been thoroughly revised and brought up-to-date. The book has four parts: in the first the relationship between psychological theory and research methodology, from both a practical and ethical viewpoint is considered; the second explains how to collect data using the major types of research design, and at the same time introduces the philosophical principles underlying them; in Part Three an invaluable guide to the traditional techniques of data gathering in psychology, as well as featuring less common techniques is offered; and finally the fourth part covers the issue of data analysis, clearly explaining the logic of statistical testing and the relationships between methodology and statistics, avoiding over-complicated formulae and focusing upon what can legitimately be inferred from commonly used psychological statistics.

The book is illustrated throughout with examples from current research and combines step-by-step advice, exercises and lists of further reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761965909
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/27/2000
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents

1Theory, method and research design2
2Practical and ethical issues in planning research24
3Levels of measurement50
4The experimental method in psychology64
5Quasi-experimental designs88
6Surveys and sampling104
7Observational methods124
8Psychophysiological methods146
9Psychophysical methods160
10Using psychometric tests182
11Questionnaire design210
12Interviewing methods232
13Using self-recording : diary and narrative methods254
14Focus groups274
15Ethnographic and action research300
16Interpretative phenomenological analysis322
17Grounded theory342
18Discourse analysis366
19Principles of statistical inference tests388
20Introduction to multivariate data analysis414
21Introduction to structural equation modelling444
22Meta-analysis466

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