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What would you do if the data you collected did not support the theory you studied?

This question is part of Lesson 8 chapter 16
Asked by Carrasco, Last updated: Jan 11, 2021

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Answered Apr 22, 2019

I would take each of steps a through c.

Often, when using theory as the basis for a study, one may find that the theory was not supported. This can occur for several reasons, such as the misapplication of the theory. In addition, policy implications that were put into practice may have alleviated a particular problem. For example, density may contribute to a social problem such as suicide. A solution may be the placement of counseling centers to deal with the problem in dense areas. Hopefully, the centers help to alleviate some of the problem. In summary, you should reexamine the theory. You also want to reevaluate your research design and measurement techniques for any problems that could have contributed to the results. For example, you may have neglected to include areas from each region of the country in your study.
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