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Going beyond the "how to" approach of many textbooks to underscore the assumptions and biases that guide all scholarly investigation, Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates a range of research techniques into a single epistemological framework and presents a balanced approach to the teaching of research methods in the "helping professions.".
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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Saari
Social work research educators will find this book to be ideal as a text. It is written in a clear and straightforward manner yet is comprehensive, covering the research process from problem-formulation to writing the report. It covers a range of designs and provides complete research reports as examples. In addition, it provides material on women and people of color, ethics and bias in research....This is truly a significant accomplishment.
Barbara W. White
A research text which is a timely adjunct to the national focus on research enhancement for the profession and professional education....extremely readable. The critical attention given to content on women and people of color makes this text particularly cogent for study of our practice issues and current controversies. The excitement conveyed about research will please both students and instructors. This is a well-written, unique text that demonstrates the necessity of effective research methods for the practice of social work.
Ann Hartman
The volume presents a comprehensive, detailed, and readable overview of the research process from the examination of basic assumptions to the final report. It will be welcomed by teachers, practitioners, and students of research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780669209372
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeane W. Anastas is professor and associate dean at the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
About the Author
Pt. I Research Design in Context 1
1 The Nature of Science in the Helping Professions 3
2 The Problem Formulation Process 30
Pt. II Types of Research Designs 53
3 Flexible Method Research 55
4 Flexible Methods: Case Study Design 93
5 Fixed Methods: Descriptive Research 123
6 Fixed Methods: Relational and Longitudinal Research 148
7 Fixed Methods: Experimental Research 177
8 Single-Subject Designs 215
Pt. III The Elements of Research Design 247
9 Research Ethics for the Helping Professions 249
10 Who Will Be Studied: Sampling 273
11 Basic Issues in Data Collection 295
Pt. IV Methods of Data Collection 325
12 Observation 327
13 Interviewing 350
14 Questionnaire Design 372
15 Selecting an Existing Measure 393
Pt. V Methods of Data Analysis and Dissemination 411
16 The Content Analysis of Narrative Data 413
17 Descriptive Statistics 432
18 Principles of Inferential Statistics 466
19 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis 503
20 Writing About Research 533
Glossary 553
References 567
Index 590
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