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external validity

the extent to which the results of research or testing can be generalized beyond the sample that generated them. For example, if research has been conducted only with male participants, it cannot be assumed that similar results will apply to female participants. The more specialized the sample, the less likely will it be that the results are highly generalizable to other individuals, situations, and time periods. Compare internal validity.

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February 24th 2024



n. a form of biographical literature that offers a psychological profile or analysis of an individual’s personality in addition to the usual account of his or her life and experiences. —psychobiographical adj.