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Covert participant observation has a number of advantages over both
more traditional methods of research (such as questionnaires and
interviews) and the related form of overt participant observation.
For example, this method makes it possible for the researcher to gain access to groups that would not normally allow themselves to be studied. In addition, since the group under observation are not aware they are being researched, the problem of an observer effect is avoided. Finally, by becoming a member of a group the researcher can personally experience incidents and events and, by so doing, arrive at a richer, more detailed, account of the factors that promote and motive people's behaviour.