Research Methods and Statistics by Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy

By Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy

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13 on a scale of one to seven. ) The use of such a scale may not be appropriate for people in cultures different than ours because it calls for a certain mindset that others don’t share with us (Carr, Munro, & Bishop, 1995). People in non-Western cultures may not think it makes sense to assess a complex concept on a simple rating scale. We tend to assume that others think as we do, but such an assumption may lead to research results that lack validity. Greater numbers of psychologists are addressing these concerns and focusing more systematically on cultural issues in research (see Beins, 2011; Matsumoto, 1994; Price & Crapo, 1999).

This is an important fact because it reveals that the social environment influences what questions are asked as well as what questions are not asked. If we intend to use our research to help answer real-life problems, we need to remember that no single experiment is going to answer a complex social question, but each one provides a small part of the answer. Our decisions will be better if we base them on sound research, but we also need to remember that we have to evaluate the research to see if it adequately answers the questions we are asking.

One incident that Harris cited involved an individual who informed on a colleague who had spoken out against racism at the 1969 APA convention. , on racial attitudes) because they were too controversial. Cultural Values and Science Even when governmental interference is not an issue, there are still cultural aspects to our research. For example, some people feel strongly that a woman should remain at home raising her children rather than taking them to a daycare center while she works. An examination of the amount of research effort devoted to the effects of childcare outside the home reveals that few behavioral scientists showed much interest in the question until the past decade or so.

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