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Types of research

There are two basic kinds of research according to how the researchers choose the people they study. The conclusions that can be drawn from a particular study depends on the kind of research it is.

Clinical and Legal Studies

College, Convenience, and Probability Studies

Thus, clinical and legal studies may involve children and adolescents who have had very different sexual experiences from many of those in college, convenience, and probability studies. Therefore, the results may be quite different. For this reason, on the following pages, studies that involve clinical and legal samples are presented separately from those that do not.

Literature Reviews

Researchers often conduct reviews of the literature that examine a large number of previously conducted studies and attempt to synthesize their findings. They search for consistent patterns that will lead to more powerful and reliable conclusions than would be possible from a single study. The findings and bibliographies presented on this site are based on both single studies and literature reviews.

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