Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

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Overview

How do you perform a MANOVA? What is grounded theory? How do you draw up a repertory grid? These, and many other questions are addressed in this wide-ranging handbook of methods and analytic techniques which uniquely covers both quantitative and qualitative methods. Based on a broad survey of undergraduate curricula, the book takes curious readers through all of the methods that are taught on psychology courses worldwide, from advanced ANOVA statistics through regression models to test constriction, qualitative research and other more unusual techniques such as Q methodology, meta-analysis and log-linear analysis. Each technique is illustrated by recent examples from the literature. There are also chapters on ethics, significance testing, and writing for publication and research proposals. Advanced Research Methods in Psychology will provide an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers who need a readable, contemporary and eclectic reference of advanced methods currently in use in psychological research.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book represents the author's successful attempt to provide students and researchers with both an accessible and worthwhile advanced research methods text.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a a clear and solid understanding of research methods in psychology beyond the basics of ANCOVA and regression which are covered in more basic books. Thus, the book begins with ANCOVA and works up into more advanced topics. Without a doubt this book is a needed and welcome addition to the field.
Audience: It is intended mainly for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers within psychology. Clearly, this book will serve as an excellent teaching tool both inside and outside of the classroom and may be possibly carried over to other disciplines. The author's expertise and knowledge are unquestionable and demonstrated through this recent work.
Features: The book is well organized and well constructed to enhance readers' understanding of the material as well as to keep them focused and interested. Advanced topics such as ANCOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, and logistic regression are covered in detail. Of particular interest are the chapters on questionnaires and scales which discuss scale design and construction, reliability, validity, and factor analysis. The discussion of qualitative methods is a much needed and welcome section. Finally, the uses and abuses of research in part six covers ethics, issues in design and statistics, writing for publication, and writing research grant proposals and is a must read for all researchers and students. The book is well-researched, the index is complete and helpful, and the illustrations help to explicate the material.
Assessment: This is one of the best advanced research methods books available today. The material is presented in a welcoming format to the reader yet maintains the necessary detail imperative for teaching research methods. This book is a true asset to the field of psychological research and has earned a place as one of the best books in psychology this year. Highly recommended.
From the Publisher
This is a clear overview of research methods that will be valuable reading for psychology students. - Jennifer Burr, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

This is one of the best advanced research methods books available today. The material is presented in a welcoming format to the reader yet maintains the necessary detail imperative for teaching research methods. This book is a true asset to the field of psychological research and has earned a place as one of the best books in psychology this year. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Greco IV, Abbott Laboratories in Doody's Review


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415227711
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. Giles is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Coventry University with a particular interest in psychology of the media. He has published in books and journals using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Beyond ANOVA 7
2 Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) 9
3 Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) 25
4 Discriminant function analysis 41
Pt. II Measures of relationship: regression techniques 53
5 Multiple regression 55
6 Logistic regression 73
7 Structural equation modelling 81
Pt. III Questionnaires and scales 99
8 Scale design and construction 103
9 Factor analysis 121
10 Other techniques for data reduction 138
Pt. IV Qualitative methods 155
11 Qualitative research in psychology 157
12 Grounded theory 165
13 Discourse analysis 181
14 Other qualitative approaches 198
15 Reporting and evaluating qualitative research 214
Pt. V Other approaches 225
16 Content analysis and log-linear models 227
17 Q methodology 238
18 Meta-analysis 247
19 Self-generated data 262
Pt. VI Uses and abuses of research 277
20 Ethical issues in psychological research 279
21 Issues in design and statistics 289
22 Writing for publication 304
23 Writing research grant proposals 318
App. 1 & 2 328
References 331
Index 345
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