SOCIAL SCIENCES

Skewed Studies: Exploring the Limits and Flaws of Health and Psychology Research

Greenwood. Feb. 2020. 206p. ISBN 9781440863981. $41. REF
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Defining research misconduct as “an intentional act of deceit performed within the scope of research activities,” Kuykendall (Bullying) emphasizes that valid research is a creative endeavor unrestrained by mandatory methods or procedures, does not have to adhere to the scientific method, and relies upon honesty, integrity, and verifiable results. This nine-chapter treatise discusses the scientific method, use of human participants, literature review, and study design through data analysis and reporting. Kuykendall also presents discussions and examples of types of reasoning (deductive, abductive, inductive), studies (longitudinal, qualitative, clinical trials), and a variety of research misconduct. Discussion and examples of research misconduct include conflict of interest; misrepresenting data; misreporting results; favoring personal values, beliefs, or industries; and dropping or falsifying data in collection or reporting. Each chapter ends with a current bibliography of print and nonprint resources.
VERDICT An excellent, nontechnical overview of the scientific research process for undergraduate and graduate students. While the detailed index enables use as a quick reference title, the book is most effective when read as a treatise.

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