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, analyze the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues included in the research study attached regarding the cross cultural study of the prevalence of late life depression in low and middle income countries.
With these thoughts in mind: Post a brief summary of the research study 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.
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