The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods / Edition 2

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The canonical Handbook is completely updated with more student-friendly features

The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods is a cutting-edge volume that covers all the major topics that are relevant for Social Work Research methods. Edited by Bruce Thyer and containing contributions by leading authorities, this Handbook covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches as well as a section that delves into more general issues such as evidence based practice, ethics, gender, ethnicity, International Issues, integrating both approaches, and applying for grants.

New to this Edition

  • More content on qualitative methods and mixed methods
  • More coverage of evidence-based practice
  • More support to help students effectively use the Internet
  • A companion Web site at containing a test bank and Power Point slides for instructors and relevant SAGE journal articles for students.

This Handbook serves as a primary text in the methods courses in MSW programs and doctoral level programs. It can also be used as a reference and research design tool for anyone doing scholarly research in social work or human services.

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Editorial Reviews

Provides social work professionals, educators, researchers, and students with an overview of research tools relevant to the field. Explains foundations of both quantitative and qualitative methods and conceptual research, and discusses general issues such as ethics, gender, grantwriting, and dissemination of findings. Sections on approaches include chapters on methods and chapters detailing specific types of studies such as surveys, needs assessments, narrative case studies, and participant observation. Thyer teaches social work and psychology at the University of Georgia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958394
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Thyer is currently a Professor and former Dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University. Dr. Thyer spent the years 1987 - 2002 with the University of Georgia, where he earned the rank of Distinguished Research Professor. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 2012 he was elected to the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Thyer is the founder and current editor of one of social work's premier journals, RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, and is the author of over 250 articles, 80 chapters and he had authored or edited over 25 professional books. His research interests involve the promotion of evidence-based practice, evaluation research, applied behavior analysis, and social work theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Ch 1. Introductory Principles of Social Work Research - Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 2. An Overview of Quantitative Research Methods - Phyllis Solomon and Jeffrey Draine
Ch 3. Probability and Sampling - William R. Nugent
Ch 4. Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Research - Randall E.Basham, Catheleen Jordan, and Richard A. Hoefer
Ch 5. Locating Assessment Instruments - Kevin Corcoran and Nikki Hozack
Ch 6. Statistics for Social Workers - J. Timothy Stocks
Ch 7. Descriptive Studies - Stephen Tripodi and Kimberly Bender
Ch 8. Survey Studies - Royce A. Hutson and Athena R. Kolbe
Ch 9. Needs Assessments - Leslie M. Tutty and Michael A. Rothery
Ch 10. Secondary Data Analysis Studies - Melissa Radey
Ch 11. Pre-Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Studies - Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 12. Randomized Controlled Experiments - Ram A. Cnaan and Stephen J. Tripodi
Ch 13. Program Evaluation Studies - TK Logan and David Royse
Ch 14. Single-System Studies - Mark A. Mattaini
Ch 15. Using Cost - Procedure - Process - Outcome Analysis - Brian T. Yates, Peter Delaney, and Dorothy Lockwood Dillard
Ch 16. Meta-Analyses - Jacqueline Corcoran and Julia H. Littell
Ch 17. Systematic Reviews - Julia H. Littell and Jacqueline Corcoran
Ch 18. An Overview of Qualitative Research Methods - Michael J. Holosko
Ch 19. Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research - Cynthia S. Franklin Patricia A. Cody, and Michelle Ballan
Ch 20. Narrative Case Studies - Jerrold R. Brandell and Theodore Varkas
Ch 21. Oral History Studies - Natalie Ames and Stephene Diepstra
Ch 22. Naturalistic Inquiry - Bart W. Miles and Bebra Jozefowicz-Simbeni
Ch 23. Participant Observation Studies - R. Kevin Grigsby
Ch 24. Ethnographic Research Methods - Christine T. Lowery
Ch 25. Participatory Action Research Studies - Esther Blum, Tuula Heninonen, and Judy White
Ch 26. Theoretical Research - Bruce A. Thyer
Ch 27. Historical Research - John R. Graham and Alean Al-Krenawi
Ch 28. Literature Reviews - Karen M. Sowers, Rod Ellis, and Adrienne Dessel
Ch 29. Critical Analysis - William M. Epstein
Ch 30. Policy Analyses - Susan D. Einbinder
Ch 31. Logic Models - Karen A. Randolph
Ch 32. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research - Frederic G. Reamer
Ch 33. Gender, Ethnicity, and Racial Issues - Antoinette Y. Farmer and David Bess
Ch 34. International Research - Jorge Delva and Marcela Castillo Altman
Ch 35. Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods - Goutham Menon and Charles D. Cowger
Ch 36. Applying for Research Grants - Scott M. Geron and Gail S. Steketee
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors

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