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Cross-Sectional Research - Psychology Definition of the Week

By April 2, 2010

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Definition: Cross-sectional research is a type of research method often used in developmental psychology, but also utilized in many other areas including social science, education and other branches of science. This type of study utilizes different groups of people who differ in the variable of interest, but share other characteristics such as socioeconomic status, educational background and ethnicity. Learn more about cross-sectional research.

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