Controversies in Psychological Research

  • Alison Wadeley
  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim
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Part of the Introductory Psychology Series book series (IPS)

Abstract

At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  1. 1.

    explain what is meant by the terms ‘science’ and ‘scientific method’;

     
  2. 2.

    discuss the use of scientific method in psychology;

     
  3. 3.

    consider alternatives to the scientific approach to psychology;

     
  4. 4.

    explain what is meant by cultural bias in psychological theory and research studies;

     
  5. 5.

    identify ways in which racial and gender bias may affect psychological theory and research studies; and

     
  6. 6.

    suggest ways in which cultural bias may be overcome.

     

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Further Reading

  1. R. D. Gross (1995) Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology (London: Hodder & Stoughton) chs 6, 8 and 11.Google Scholar
  2. D. Howitt and J. Owusu-Bempah (1994) The Racism of Psychology: Time for Change (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf).Google Scholar
  3. M. Matlin (1993) The Psychology of Women (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).Google Scholar
  4. J. Worrell and P. Remer (1992) Feminist Perspectives in Therapy (New York: Wiley).Google Scholar

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© Alison Wadeley, Ann Birch and Tony Malim 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Wadeley
  • Ann Birch
  • Tony Malim

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