PSY 112 Lecture 14: Descriptive ResearchPremium
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• Descriptive Research:
➢ There are several types of descriptive research designed to systematically
investigate a person, group, or patterns of behavior.
A. Archival Research: using existing data from documents & records.
▪ Relatively inexpensive.
▪ Someone’s already collected the basic data.
▪ Data might not be in a form that allows researcher to test a
▪ Info could be incomplete.
▪ Info could’ve been collected haphazardly.
▪ Records w/ necessary info often don’t exist.
B. Naturalistic Observation: investigator observes some naturally
occurring behavior & doesn’t make any changes in the situation.
❖ Researcher simply records occurs.
❖ They make no modification in the situation that is being observed.
▪ You get a sample of what ppl do in their “natural habit”.
▪ You have the inability to control any the factors of interest.
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