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Research Methods Matrix

A psychologist is planning to conduct a study that would examine pathological liars and the quality of their romantic relationships. You have been asked to provide the psychologist with a recommendation for which research method should be used to gather data on the pathological liars and their spouses.

Using the table below list each research method and its advantages and disadvantages for use in this study.

|Research Method |Advantages |Disadvantages | |Naturalistic observation |Naturalistic observation is a conclusion to |Behavior has to be taken as it comes, so | | |the environment in which our actions affect |there would be no interference allowed to | | |our surrounding. |understand in depth why the person is | | | |doing what they are doing. Things have to| | | | | | | |be taken at “face value” | |Case Study |A case study would involve an in-depth |The results of a case study carried out on| | |analysis of a particular pathological liar. |a particular pathological liar would be | | |It would reveal a great deal of information |difficult to generalize to a larger group | | |about a specific pathological liar. |of pathological liars and their spouses. | |Correlation Research |As the definition states, this...

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