Cross-cultural research is a method of study that psychologists use to compare data and behaviors of people from differing cultures, rather than a single culture. In cross-cultural research, you need to ensure that there is equivalence throughout the study, as well as a lack of bias in your measures, associations, and conclusions. Equivalence is the evidence that your research uses the same techniques and measures to test the same phenomenon across cultures, and this equivalence helps your research to be considered valid and reliable. In addition to equivalence, you must be aware of the potential for personal bias in any cross-cultural research you conduct.
A bias is prejudicial predisposition that can prevent impartial thinking. In cross-cultural research, a bias can appear in various forms, such as the Barnum statement (a one-size-fits-all description) or the self-fulfilling prophecy (your assumptions about others can cause them to meet those expectations) (Matsumoto & Juang, 2008; Shiraev & Levy, 2010).
For this Discussion, perform an academic literature search in the Walden Library for a research study that includes specific cross-cultural research. Then, analyze the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues included in the research study.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief summary of the research study you selected, including the topic and conclusions of the study. Then explain any possible theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues involved in the study. Finally, share your thoughts about how, as a scholar-practitioner, you might address one or more of these issues. Support your responses using the Learning Resources and the current literature.
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Shiraev, E. B., & Levy, D. A. (2010). Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
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