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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.

"...a nontechnical introduction to key research methods... explains how to gather, structure, and analyze data, as well as the logic of statistical testing and the relationships between methodology and statistics."

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A textbook introduction to key research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, used in psychology and other social sciences. Four sections address the relationship between theory and methodology, how to collect data using major types of research design, traditional and new techniques of data collection, and data analysis. This edition adds increased information on content analysis strategies, structure equation modeling, and qualitative data analysis. All chapters have been revised and updated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761965916
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Dame Glynis M. Breakwell has been a Professor of Psychology for over 20 years and is currently the Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath. Her research focuses upon identity process theory and social representations, leadership in complex organisations, and the psychology of risk management, perception and communication.

She has published more than 20 books, several of which are on research methods. She is an adviser to government and private sector companies on the use of psychological methods and theories.

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Table of Contents

1 Theory, method and research design 2
2 Practical and ethical issues in planning research 24
3 Levels of measurement 50
4 The experimental method in psychology 64
5 Quasi-experimental designs 88
6 Surveys and sampling 104
7 Observational methods 124
8 Psychophysiological methods 146
9 Psychophysical methods 160
10 Using psychometric tests 182
11 Questionnaire design 210
12 Interviewing methods 232
13 Using self-recording : diary and narrative methods 254
14 Focus groups 274
15 Ethnographic and action research 300
16 Interpretative phenomenological analysis 322
17 Grounded theory 342
18 Discourse analysis 366
19 Principles of statistical inference tests 388
20 Introduction to multivariate data analysis 414
21 Introduction to structural equation modelling 444
22 Meta-analysis 466
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