PSYB32H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Statistical Significance, Anxiety Disorder, Grounded Theory

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Chapter 5 research methods in the study of abnormal behavior. Each observation that contributes to a scientific body of knowledge needs to be replicable or reliable. Theory: a set of propositions meant to explain a class of phenomena. A theory permits the generation of hypotheses expectations about what should occur if a theory if true to be tested in research. In formulating a theory, scientists must often make use of the oretical concepts: unobservable states or processes that are inferred from observational data. Theoretical concepts are inferred from observable data. Theoretical concepts can also summarize already observed relationships. Operationism: each concept takes as its meaning a single observable and measurable operation. A theoretical concept can be defined by sets of operations or effects. The data yielded by the case do not allow us to determine the true cause of the change.

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