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usually employs an observational method where a research study is conducted primarily in the field without the control of the majority of variables during the experiment. An example could include the observation of children by researchers looking at day-care violence.

NATURALISTIC OBSERVATION: "A naturalistic observation involves recording and then analysing a situation or event which has not been influenced by outside forces."

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