A case study is an in-depth analysis of a person, group, or event. In a case study, almost every aspect of the said entity’s life and history is analyzed to find patterns and the causes of their behavior. Case studies can be used in a number of different fields, some of which are listed below:
- Political science
- Social work
The idea behind it is that whatever is gained from it one case can be generalized for others. Unfortunately, that is not how case studies work most of the time. They tend to be highly subjective and is sometimes difficult to generalize results to a broader population.
Even though case studies focus on a single individual, group, or event, they all follow a format similar to other types of psychology writing. A case study can have both pros and cons Researchers must consider them both before deciding if this type of study is required for their needs.
One of the greatest advantages of a case study is that it offers researchers a chance to investigate things that are difficult to impossible to replicate inside a lab. Some other benefits of a case study include:
- Allowing researchers to collect a great amount of information
- Giving researchers the chance to gain information on rare or unusual cases
- Allowing researchers to develop hypotheses that can be later explored in experimental research
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