Since shortly after its start in the 1940s, the psychological research on social conflict and social justice has been heavily theory-driven. This chapter makes the assumption that this theory-driven approach importantly conditions the assessment of the research methods employed by the community of justice researchers focused on psychology and the law. It focuses on two desiderata for applied legal research: external validity and construct validity.
Research methods in forensic psychology / Barry Rosenfeld and Steven D. Penrod (eds.),
Chapter 15, pp. 283-305