The use of existing sources of information for research. Sources include statistical records, survey archives, and written records.
A descriptive account of the behavior, past history, and other relevant factors concerning a specific individual.
A set of rules used to categorize observations
Systematic analysis of the content of written records.
Descriptive method in which observations are made in a natural social setting. Also called field observation
Negative case analysis
In field observation, an examination of observations that do not fit with the explanatory structure devised by the researcher
A type of case study in which the life of an individual is analyzed using psychological theory
A problem of measurement in which the measure changes the behavior being observed.
Observations of one or more specific variables, usually made in a precisely defined setting
refers to the careful observation of one or more specific behaviors in a particular setting
Books, magazine articles, movies, television programs, and newspapers
focues on people behaving in natural settings and describing their wourld around them in there own words. emphasizing collecting in depths information on reltivly few individuals base on interpurtions based on the investigators.
focus on behaviorsthat can be easly quantifid. include large samples resurch based on statistical analysis.
Human relaions area files (HRAF)
Anthropologists descriptions of amny cultures, categories such as courtship and marrage custioms and child rearing pratices.
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