Self reports (strengths and weaknesses)

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  • Gain thoughts, beliefs, opinions, feelings - insight into why behaviour occurs (not gained in other methods). Eg Yochelson gained insight into thought patterns in criminals showing bias in internal processes that cannot be 'seen'. Therefore increasing academic understanding
  • If using closed questions/rating scales self reports are easy to repeat on numerous occassions to make comparisons. Eg Kanner used checklists and scales to assess stress, allowing for repeated use across 9 months and comparison between hassles and uplifts and males and females. Therefore useful in making


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