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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ileana Ungureanu, MD, PhD (Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: This book addresses the basics of research methods used in the field of couple and family therapy, emphasizing the importance of an evidence-based approach.
Purpose: This work is meant to encourage evidence-based practice in the field of family therapy, addressing why it is needed, how clinicians can be research-informed, and how they can evaluate research studies. It also informs practitioners about the basics of research and measurements methods. The authors excel in making rather cumbersome research language accessible to clinicians and master's-level students.
Audience: This is intended primarily as a textbook for master's-level research methods classes in family therapy, but it is also useful for the larger audience of clinicians in this field. The authors are all respected researchers and educators in marriage and family therapy, as well as well-known presenters at conferences and symposiums.
Features: In a way, this book is already becoming a classic on research methods for marriage and family therapy students. In addition to providing students with basic research methods concepts, ethics, and some specifics of conducting research with couples and families, the authors do an excellent job of advocating for evidence-based practice as well as educating clinicians about evaluating and implementing research findings in practice.
Assessment: This is an excellent and much needed work on research methods for master's-level students in marriage and family therapy.