Research Methods and Statistics by Tony Malim, Ann Birch (auth.)

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It is therefore less likely to ignore those facets of behaviour which cannot easily be measured. Weaknesses • Generalisation. Because case study method deals with only one, or possibly a very few, individuals studied in great depth, it is not as easy to generalise findings to other people. The results of a study of one individual are really only valid in the case of that individual. Great caution should be exercised in generalising to others. • Subjectivity. Because they are based upon the analysis of qualitative rather than quantitative data, interpretation is in the hands of researchers alone.

Case study methods have been fairly extensively used in psychology. Among the most well-known users of the method was Freud. Freud and other psycholanalysts employed case study in their compilation of detailed case histories of the patients they treated. It was from these case histories that their theories of personality were derived. The case of Little Hans illustrates this. Hans was the son of one of Freud's friends, a doctor interested in Freud's work. He developed a phobia of horses and was especially terrified of being bitten by one of them.

However carefully interviews and questionnaires are structured, there is always the likelihood that people will not respond truthfully. There several reasons for this, the most important being that: they are simply not sufficiently interested to think carefully about their answers; where responses are made anonymously, there will be a tendency to answer in a way which shows the respondent up in the best light; the wording of written questions or the use of nonverbal cues, tone of voice and so on by interviewers may influence responses; there may be several interviewers, each with his or her own set of biases.

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