Non Participant Observation

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+ It is much quicker and simpler to do compared to participant observations, a more representative sample can be studied, from which firmer generalisations can be

+ It less risky, the observer remains detached. By avoiding involvment, they do not influence the groups behaviour and they do not 'go native' and lose objectivity

+ Might be useful where a researcher only needed to spend a short amount of time observing

+ Covert methods are often suitable for 'difficult to reach' groups or those groups or institutions which don't welcome the precense of observers for whatever reason

+ Researchers can use more aids for recording info and it is open

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