Research in Pastoral Care and Counseling: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556358890
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 898,615

Meet the Author

Larry VandeCreek, DMin, the author of A Research Primer for Pastoral Care and Counseling (now Part One of the current volume), is the retired Assistant Director in the Department of Pastoral Care, University Hospitals of The Ohio State University , Columbus, Ohio. He also served as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Neurology. His research interests and publications focus on quantitative research that elucidates the religious/spiritual needs of hospital patients and the impact of pastoral care.Hilary Bender, PhD, STD, is a clinical and research psychologist in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a Boston University Professor Emeritus and is on the faculty of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. His specialty in research and clinical work is the "all-but-dissertation" phenomenon and working with the many doctoral students who have completed all requirements for their degrees but the dissertation and become unable to make this final step.Merle R. Jordan, ThD, is the retired Albert V. Danielsen Professor of Pastoral Psychology at the Boston University School of Theology. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is the author of Taking on the Gods: The Task of the Pastoral Counselor.Margot Hover, DMin, is an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor and the coordinator of pastoral research at Duke University Medical Center, Raleigh, North Carolina. She has received the ACPE Research of the Year Award and the Council on Ministry in Specialized Settings Research Paper of the Year Award. She is also the author of Caring for Yourself When Caring for Others.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     VII
Foreword     IX
Introduction     XIII
Quantitative Approaches
Why Ministers Don't Like To Do Research     3
Struggles Between Science and Theology     11
Moving Ahead: Concerns at the Beginning     21
Creating the Question     33
Seeking to Answer the Question: Research Design     43
Working with the Data     53
Writing the Results     59
Qualitative Approaches
Context for Qualitative Research     71
Initial Principles and Disciplines     75
Preparations     89
Engaging the Experience     99
Meaning Making     111
Communicating Your Discovery     123
Epilogue     129
References     131
Index     133
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