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what advantages and disadvantages or implications are there of taking the nomothetic approach over ideographic?

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Idiographic
+ provides more complete/global understanding
+ findings can determine hypotheses for later study
+ satisfies a key aim of science in the understanding of behaviour and in this respect complements the nomothetic approach
- findings can't be generalised to a wider population
- methods are subjective, unstructured + unscientific
- therefore difficult to analyse and replicate
- can't be used for the prediction and cotrol of behaviour
- can't use statistical anlysis

Nomothetic
+ scientific
+ enables prediction and control of behaviour
+ precise, objective, controlled methods - allows for replication, generalisation and the development of general laws of behaviour
+ investigations involve large groups - generalisable etc
- predictions from group results may not apply to the individual - reductionist
- only gives superficial understanding

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nomothetic:

advantages: scientific, uses standardised condition, uses data and evidence, produces behavioural norms, high scientific credibility for psychology

disadvantages: loses sense of a person, in lab studies participants are seen as scores rather than people, subjective experience is ignored, overlooks unique and individual qualities that humans have.
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Explain one advantage of using an idiographic study over a nomothetic one when studying aggression. (2)

Aggression varies so research theories have not all been operationalised identically making it less valid as aggression is quite complicated therefore using an idiographic study gives more of a holistic outlook magnifying individual and subjective experiences. An idiographic study consists of qualitative data produced by case studies focusing on individuals with aggression as unique entities at a more private and personal level.

-Saieesha (2019)
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You can compare data from different individuals with nomothetic, because it's standardised (I think... at least it'd be standardised across your study), but not with ideographic.
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