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Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Research Methods 5 Chapter 1: Why Do Research in Psychology? 7 Chapter 2: Reliability and Validity 21 Chapter 3: Research Ethics 33 Part II: Enhancing External Validity 45 Chapter 4: Survey Designs and Methods 47 Chapter 5: Sampling Methods 63 Chapter 6: Questionnaires and Psychometric Tests 89 Part III: Enhancing Internal Validity 105 Chapter 7: Basic Experimental Designs 107 Chapter 8: Looking at More Complex Experimental Designs 129 Chapter 9: Small Experiments 141 Part IV: Qualitative Research 161 Chapter 10: Achieving Quality in Qualitative Research 163 Chapter 11: Analysing Qualitative Data 175 Chapter 12: Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies in Qualitative Research 187 Part V: Reporting Research 203 Chapter 13: Preparing a Written Report 205 Chapter 14: Preparing a Research Presentation 223 Chapter 15: APA Guidelines for Reporting Research 239 Part VI: Research Proposals 253 Chapter 16: Finding Research Literature 255 Chapter 17: Sample Size Calculations 275 Chapter 18: Developing a Research Proposal 291 Part VII: The Part of Tens 303 Chapter 19: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid When Selecting Your Sample 305 Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Reporting Your Research 311 Index 317

About the Author

Martin Dempster, PhD, is a health psychologist and research coordinator for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program at Queen's University Belfast. Donncha Hanna, PhD, is a psychology lecturer at Queen's University Belfast responsible for teaching statistics and research methods.

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