BDSM, stands for bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, sadism-masochism, has been a research study topic by Health Psychology researchers in Netherlands. A video, is uploaded by Huffpost Live, also discusses the same study. However, there are many differences for reporting or explaining the study between the journal article and video. The first one is ten-page long article, which contains many professional words and tell all the details about the study. The second one is a quick two minutes video and just briefly reports the study. In short, there are both positive and negative effects of those two pieces.
There are three key pieces of information from the methods section in the article that video barely discuses. First, the article tells that respondents could anonymously fill out the questionnaire including scales concerning psychological characteristics while the reporters in video say, “researchers survey a group of people. ” “Anonymously” is really important for public to know because it shows that the study protects participants’ privacy. Researchers do not find them in purpose. Second, the article states, “the questionnaire was designed so that one could only proceed to the next question if the preceding question was answered.
” This statement is important because it shows every participants work on the same pace and have no missing values on the scales used in this study. However, the reporters in the video never mention this point. Finally, the article tells respondents of the control group responded to a call to participate in online secrecy research. They did not disclose the purpose of the study in any of these calls and simply called it a “study about human behavior”. This is also important for public know because it tells public what “extra” methods researchers used.
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People may have more information in order to understand the research. Unfortunately, the reporters in the video never talk about it. Moreover, there are two limitations that the author discusses in his article. First, it may never be possible to sample BDSM practitioners and controls from a comparable population. Since the majority of the visitors of the site (http://www. geheimenvan. nl) are women, the control group has the relative high percentage of females. In short, just as sampling bias in a research study, those participants in the study cannot represent the general population.
Second, there are only a limited number of broad BDSM roles was distinguished in this study. However, there are many other role distinctions could have been made, based on type of role or specific BDSM activity. As the article indicates, future research may further adopt “a more comprehensive measure of personality, such as the NEO-PI-R, a 240-item questionnaire that not only assesses the five dimensions of human personality, but also six additional traits for each dimension. ” In my opinion, it is important to disclose these limitations to the general public in a mainstream video report.
Because of protection of human subjects, people who either interested or not in BDSM study have the right to know the study is not perfectly established and there are mistakes. Also, telling these limitations may encourage people who watched the video report, to find ways solve the limitation. In addition, correlation is the measurement of the relationship between two variables and refers to any of a broad class of statistical relationship involving dependence. In a correlation, we can only tell that two things are associated, but not cause causation.
The reporters in the video say, “correlation does not equal causation, it means you do not think you get tired tonight, you will be psychologically better. ” This is really quick and short explanation. I definitely do not understand if I have not taken this course. Certainly I do not think that someone who has never taken a statistics or research methods course would understand. Most people know that correlation associates with two things, but not one causes the other. Since the reporters mentions “correlation” of all a sudden, the average person might unable to catch up what they talk about.
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Furthermore, I personally think the reason that popular media is so popular because it is sweet and short. It attracted many fans because popular media just tell the main point, which is what we really need to know and also save our time. For instance, most people just want to know what BDSM stands for and what is the conclusion of the study. There are numerous fun channels, and most people are not willing to spend their time to listen the long and boring methodology or results. Therefore, one reason to leave out these details is media wants to use some fun facts, besides methodology, to catch audiences’ attention.
For example, the male host tells a “bondage” joke when the lady mentions relationship effects. Most audiences like that. Long, bald and boring talking cannot interest audience. In short, information about methodology is important, but many people dislike to listen. Another reason is popular media is very familiar with their audiences who have different educational level. Popular media must report information (words, sentences) that average persons can understand. For those who have really high knowledge and interested in media’s topic, will definitely do research and find out what they want to know, such as the related methodology or results.
Therefore, there is no reason for popular media leave out important information about methodology and results. In conclusion, the actual health psychologist’s journal article gives great detail about BDSM. Methods, materials, discussions, results and even limitations are all well explained in the article. It is also a valuable and respected work since the psychologist devotes a lot of time and energy. Therefore, anyone who wants to understand more about the topic really needs to read the journal article.
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For sure you will spend more time to get through the article. I do not think mainstream media does an inadequate job, although they report the study very brief and not even relate to the topic sometimes. But this is media. Their job is attracting audiences. The only problem and also the biggest, is many questions will exist after watching the video. You will end up with having no idea about what reporters say or having some clues about the study. In short, either way to report psychological research has its own supporters. People have the choices.