evaluating methodology of the psychodynamic approach

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PARA 1, METHOD NO.1: CASE STUDIES

  • CASE STUDIES= focuses on the individual, this is known as the idiographhic approach
  • idiographic approach-emphasises uniqueness of each individual 
  • case studies is the main way psychologists study human behaviour
  • case studies involve studying one person in great detail, often spending a lot of time with them interviewing and observing them
  • FREUD based his theory of personality development on several clinical cases.
  • e.g. LITTLE HANS was used to develop his ideas of the OEDIPUS COMPLEX
  • aim of LITTLE HANS study- to cure han's phobia of horses and to provide research support for oedipus complex.

PARA 2:

  • one STRENGTH of case studies is that it provides descriptive qualitative data- important t understand reasons behind a person's behaviour and draw conclusions about behaviour if we take the time to study it in detail.
  • WEAKNESS- case studies relate to single instances- not generaliable to other people, therefore unrepresentative.
  • ANOTHER WEAKNESS…

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