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Qualitative studies in social psychology are more often authored by female researchers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There are indications that females prefer and apply qualitative research methods to a greater extent than males. A cross-sectional design examined sex differences in 329 academic journal articles in social psychology, randomly sampled from the Web of Science publication database. Each article was coded in terms of the sex of all the authors, whether qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods were employed, and whether the research question could be classified as exploratory or confirmatory. The results show that qualitative studies have more often female than male first authors, while quantitative studies exhibited no such sex difference. The application of quantitative methods was associated with confirmatory research questions, but there was no association between sex and the type of research question.

Abstract [sv]

Det finns tecken på att kvinnor föredrar och tillämpar kvalitativa forskningsmetoder i större utsträckning än män. En tvärsnittsdesign undersökte könsskillnader i 329 akademiska tidskriftsartiklar i socialpsykologi, som slumpmässigt samlades in från databasen Web of Science. Varje artikel kodades med avseende på alla författares kön, huruvida kvalitativa, kvantitativa eller blandade metoder användes och huruvida forskningsfrågan kunde klassificeras som explorativ eller hypotesprövande. Resultat visar att kvalitativa studier oftare har kvinnliga än manliga förstaförfattare, medan kvantitativa studier inte uppvisade någon sådan könsskillnad. Kvantitativa metoder var associerade med hypotesprövande forskningsfrågor, men det fanns inget samband mellan kön och typ av forskningsfråga.

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2019. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
Sex, research methods, quantitative, qualitative, social psychology
Keywords [sv]
kön, forskningsmetoder, kvalitativ, kvantitativ, socialpsykologi
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-160130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-160130DiVA, id: diva2:1324347
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Examensarbete i psykologi
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Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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